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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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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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