The TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 will take place in the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro, which was inaugurated on September 9, 2023 by representatives from both Ivory Coast and CAF.
Another significant step has been taken by Cote d’Ivoire and CAF in preparing for the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023, which will take place the following year.
Three of the six locations that will be used in January 2024 have previously played host to test matches. They are Stade de la Paix in Bouaké and Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro.
Tuesday’s test match between Mali and Cote d’Ivoire will take place at the Alassane Outtara Stadium in Ebimpe.
The newly constructed Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro played host to its inaugural official game on Saturday, September 9, when Cote d’Ivoire defeated Lesotho 1-0 in a TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Cote d’Ivoire Qualifier.
The 20 000-seat stadium is named Laurent Pokou in honor of the legendary Ivorian striker. Ibrahim Sangaré, a midfielder for Nottingham Forest, scored the inaugural goal in the brand-new stadium on Saturday.
Idriss Yacine Diallo, president of the FIF and vice president of COCAN, added:
“The Ivorian authorities have made every effort to ensure that the teams qualified for the final phase have optimal conditions during the competition in Côte d’Ivoire. We have come here to San Pedro several times with the CAF delegations to ensure the progress of the work. We are very proud to be back in this beautiful stadium, which successfully hosted Lesotho on Saturday.”
’’We are convinced that, as was the case in Yamoussoukro during the inauguration of the Charles Konan Banny Stadium and in Bouaké on the occasion of the inauguration of the Stade de la Paix, the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro met all our expectations .”