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Ivory Coast set fair for CAN after budget approved

Ivory Coast's National football team coach Herve Renard speaks to players during a training session at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on November 18 , 2014African football giants Ivory Coast will travel to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea having secured the budget their federation had demanded after it was approved by the government on Thursday, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) announced. The sports minister had originally said only 310 million CFA Francs (£370,965, $575,805) would be handed over but after FIF expressed their disquiet over the amount the government has agreed to their figure of 3.5billion francs. “We can’t go to the CAN with 310 million CFA Francs. The Ivory Coast went to the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa with a total budget of 3.9 billion CFA Francs, with the government eventually helping out to the tune of 2.7 billion as the Elephants were knocked out by Nigeria in the quarter-finals.

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