Football in Côte d'Ivoire
As in the majority of African nations, football is by far the most popular sport in Côte d'Ivoire. The championships in the suburbs, villages, schools and universities serve as the breeding grounds where young players develop talents that will take them on to top-flight teams and in many cases to clubs abroad. After Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire is the second most frequent qualifier for the final competition of the African Cup of Nations with 15 appearances (including ten in succession), but they have only won the title once - in Senegal in 1992. By qualifying for the FIFA World Cup? in Germany, the national team has emulated their youth teams' successful appearances in the U-17 and U-20 World Championships in 1977, 1983, 1993, 1997 and 2003. Several continental club titles (most notably for Africa Sports and ASEC-MIMOSAS) underline the fine work that the clubs have done. A whole host of players have pursued successful football careers abroad (primarily in France) and as dual citizens have been capped by the French national team (e.g. Basile Boli, Kapo and Djibril Cisse). Laurent Pokou is the top scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations. In 1968 and 1970, he scored a total of 14 goals, five of them in a 6-1 win over Ethiopia at the 1970 competition in Sudan.
Second Goal project
On 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau gave the green light to the second phase of operations at the Côte d'Ivoire football association's technical centre in Abidjan, which will include extending the area that it covers thanks to support from the Ivorian government and constructing additional facilities for training talented young footballers. This central complex will be used as an academy for promising youngsters from U-10 up to U-20 level as well as for training coaches and administrators. At a later stage, the centre will also be used by national teams at various levels.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Completion of training centre in Abidjan
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 275,000 Total cost USD 675,000