Ivory Coast in budget dispute ahead of CAN
The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) has rejected the budget allocated by the country`s government for the Elephants` Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) campaign, dismissing it as insufficient.
The government agreed to hand over 310 million CFA Francs (£370,965, $575,805) to help the Ivory Coast in their bid to win the tournament in Equatorial Guinea, which runs from January 17 to February 8.
However, FIF vice-president Sory Diabate told national media on Tuesday: "We can`t go to the CAN with 310 million CFA Francs. We have transmitted and justified our expenditure."
The country`s sports minister was willing to hand over the amount from a total provisional budget of 3.5 billion CFA Francs.
However, 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.
Herve Renard`s Elephants are due to begin their preparations for the 2015 tournament with a training camp in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates beginning on January 5.
They are in Group D alongside Mali, Cameroon and Guinea.