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CAN 2023: The “unprecedented” proposal of CAF which annoys in Côte d’Ivoire

The atmosphere currently seems very tense between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Côte d’Ivoire, host country of CAN 2023. The fault of a surprising proposal from the Secretary General of CAF, Véron Mosengo-Omba, which puts badly the atmosphere within the Organizing Committee of the competition. This idea annoys even to the top […]

The atmosphere currently seems very tense between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Côte d’Ivoire, host country of CAN 2023.

The fault of a surprising proposal from the Secretary General of CAF, Véron Mosengo-Omba, which harms the atmosphere within the Organizing Committee of the competition. This idea annoys even to the top of the Ivorian state.

Côte d’Ivoire has the great ambition to offer Africa the most beautiful CAN ever organized. To meet this challenge, the country of Elephants is currently injecting 173 billion 800 million CFA francs into the organization of the competition. This colossal budget is used for the construction and renovation of the stadiums that will host CAN 2023, as well as the necessary infrastructure. It is in this context that CAF comes to make one of the most hilarious proposals ever heard in the context of the organization of a CAN for the host country.

CAN 2023: The 60 million dollars of discord

The information caused a stir in Côte d’Ivoire and annoyed even to the top of the state. In its publication this Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Jeune Afrique made a most unexpected revelation. “In view of the organization of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2023, scheduled for Côte d’Ivoire in January 2024, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suggested to the Ivorian State to mobilize on an account sequestration approximately 60 million dollars, in order to pay the bonuses of the qualified selections, ”informs the newspaper.

This proposal introduced by Véron Mosengo-Omba, Secretary General of CAF, is just unprecedented. Never in history has the AFCON host country been responsible for paying the premiums of the qualifying countries. According to the rules of the competition, the Confederation of African Football is the body empowered to award the various rewards and bonuses to the teams. Which makes this proposal from CAF to Ivory Coast simply hilarious. The novelty of this suggestion by Véron Mosengo-Omba throws a big stone in the pond on the side of the Ivory Coast.

COCAN divided on the issue

By coming to throw this surreal proposal in the face of the members of the CAN 2023 Organizing Committee, Véron Mosengo-Omba was far from anticipating the reaction that it was going to trigger. “It has above all largely contributed to the erosion of cohesion within the Organizing Committee of CAN (Cocan) 2023, chaired by the former Minister of Sports, François Amichia”, revealed Jeune Afrique. It even became a conflict between the members of COCAN, in particular Yacine Idriss Diallo, vice-president of the committee and president of the FIF, and his mentor Jacques Anouma, former president of the FIF.

Côte d’Ivoire seen as a cash cow?

A great footballing nation, Côte d’Ivoire is also considered one of the most developed economies on the continent. The resources made available for the organization of CAN 2022 are an example of this. The country of Elephants wants an exceptional CAN. But at what cost ? CAF seems to give the impression of wanting to add more to the enormous expenses that the competition already costs the host country. Apart from the infrastructure, Côte d’Ivoire, as host, is already responsible for providing all possible amenities to the members of the CAF delegation who will make the trip.

It is the same for the delegations of the 24 nations which will take part in the final phase of the competition which will take place in January 2024. A big economic weight for Côte d’Ivoire, to which CAF would like to add expenses which are his responsibility. 60 million dollars is 38 billion 618 million CFA francs of additional expenses for the host country. This is considered unfair by the Ivorian side. Jacques Anouma and the Ministry of Economy and Finance have also opposed a non-negotiable refusal.

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