It’s Official: State-Of-The-Art Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium Has Been Re-opened

Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium

The notable Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium has re-opened its doors this past weekend – marking a major milestone in the countdown to the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

The recently redesigned cutting edge Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, hosted an international friendly between host Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco, which ended 1-1.

The re-opening of the venue was had several of senior government officials, the Local Organising Committee Vice-Chairman and FIF President Idriss Yacine Diallo and CAF officials.

During the beautiful re-opening ceremony, football fans came in their numbers as all roads led to the iconic stadium, where a 24-year-old Didier Drogba made his Les Elephants debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September 2002.

The international friendly between Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco was used as the Test match for the venue, and it was an eye-catching show.

Named after Cote d’Ivoire’s first President, Felix Houphouet Boigny, the stadium will have Group B groups during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Countries Cote d’Ivoire 2023 specifically, Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde and Mozambique.

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The venue hosted the opening and final matches of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations arranged in Cote d’Ivoire, as well as the maiden release of the African Nations Title in 2009.

Large number of energetic fans clad in the Ivorian colours of orange and white, supported by a part of Moroccans wearing their popular red and white jerseys, filled each edge of the remodeled “Felicia” as the oldest stadium in Cote d’Ivoire is affectionately alluded to.

Renowned musical group, Magic System, famous for their global hit song, ‘Premier Gaou’ treated the fans with a rendition of the official anthem for next year’s tournament together with Egyptian Mohamed Ramadan.

A massive investment from the host country that confirms their readiness to stage a successful tournament, the stadium boasts of a brand-new playing surface, well-designed seating stands, hospitality facilities, improved security features, among others that wowed the ecstatic crowd who sang and danced during their entirety of the historic moment.

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