FIF president backs Elephants to win AFCON

FIF president backs Elephants to win AFCON
Max Gradel of Ivory Coast celebrates goal during the 2022 World Cup Qualifier football match between Ivory Coast and Mozambique at Stade de l'Amitie, Cotonou, Benin on 13 November 2021 ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 28, 2021. 10:04

Mariam Dao Gabala, the president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), has backed the Elephants to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

The tournament is scheduled to get underway on 9 January and run until 6 February, with Ivory Coast drawn in Group E alongside Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Rumours have emerged that the AFCON in Cameroon could be postponed, but Dao Gabala insists that Cameroon is on course to successfully stage the tournament.

“We shouldn’t be talking about postponing rumors this close to the tournament, everything is going according to plan, CAF confirmed that,” the FIF president said, as quoted by KingFut.

“We are preparing for the tournament, we will avenge our 2006 final defeat against Egypt and win the competition.

“Our current target is to win the AFCON, we have a special generation of players, they are getting experience in order to win the next AFCON which will take place in Ivory Coast in 2023 as well.

“Africa Cup of Nations is not just some football matches, it represents defending your country’s flag, it’s the biggest tournament in the continent and it shows that we have a lot of talents.”

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