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Ivory Coast Will Host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023

The Confederation of African Football came to an agreement with Ivory Coast to make way for Cameroon to host the tournament in 2021.

Ivory Coast has agreed with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after resisting the appointment for 2 years, BBC Sport reports.

Despite Ivory Coast initially disputing this by filing a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, this realignment makes way for Cameroon to host the tournament in 2021 after being stripped of the opportunity to host this year's Nations Cup due to preparation delays.


The agreement between the CAF and Ivory Coast was locked in after a meeting between Ahmad Ahmad, the president of CAF, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) officials Tuesday, IOL adds.

Guinea was originally slated for 2023 when the original schedule was announced in 2014, but is now set to host the tournament in 2025.

This year's Nations Cup takes off June 21 in Egypt and will run through July 19. Egyptian organizers moved the start of the tournament back a week to give players more time to recoup after the holy month of Ramadan.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be the first year where 24 teams will compete for the golden trophy, including Madagascar and Mauritania making their tournament debut. Other nations set to represent at the competition include the host country Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana, Mali and Uganda.

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Kenyans & South Africans Protest Israeli Bombing of Palestinians

The streets of Cape Town and Nairobi have been flooded with pro-Palestine protests in light of the recent bombing of Palestinians in Gaza by Israelis.

Protests have been taking place in two Southern African countries, namely Kenya and South Africa, since the tragic Israeli attacks on Palestinians this week. This past Monday, Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Palestinian worshippers had gathered seeking protection. However, 300 Palestinians and two Israeli officers were subsequently wounded, according to reports. Currently, there are back-and-forth attacks between Israeli troops and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group in Gaza, which have resulted in the death of at least 300 people and counting.
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