AFCON 2024: Can Cote D'Ivoire do the magic using home advantage?

Posted : 31 December 2023


The 2024 African Cup of Nations, hosted by Cote D'Ivoire, will feature 24 senior men's national teams from Africa and is expected to take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024.


The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe de football de Côte d'Ivoire, recognized as Côte d'Ivoire by FIFA), will be a worthy host.


The senior men's national team, nicknamed the Elephants, is managed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).


In 1992, the Elephants of Cote D'Ivoire had the honor of lifting the African Cup of Nations for the first time when they beat Ghana on penalties at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar, Senegal.


The Elephants of Cote D'Ivoire achieved their second success in 2015, once again defeating Ghana on penalties in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team represents both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).


The coach of the Elephants of Cote D'Ivoire, Uli Stielike, resigned from his appointment before the 2008 African Cup of Nations due to his son's health. Co-trainer Gerard Gili took his position. To compensate for the lack of another co-coach, Didier Drogba acted as a player-coach. This was only the second time that a player had also acted as a coach at the tournament, after George Weah was both a player and coach for Liberia during the 2002 tournament.


Cote D'Ivoire has made a whopping 25 appearances at the AFCON since attending the first one in 1965 and has been champions of Africa in 1992 and 2015.


Hosts Côte d'Ivoire are in a tricky Group A, which includes another regular favorite, Nigeria.


The 1992 and 2015 champions will be counting on Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller, who is now back to his best after surviving testicular cancer.


The Technical Adviser of Cote D'Ivoire is Jean-Louis Gasset from France.


The players to watch out for are Anges FC of France midfielder, Yahia Fofana, Badra Ali Sangaré who plays for Sekhukhune United, and Dortmund FC forward Sebastian Fofana.

 

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