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Ivory Coast-Benin to play in Ghana

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash between Ivory Coast and Benin this week will be played in Ghana.

The civil unrest in the Ivorian capital in the wake of the political unrest in the country has forced the decision for the game to be moved.

The Ivorian Football Federation boss Jacque Anouma had resisted Fifa’s earlier attempt to have the game moved to Accra because of the violence in his country.

But after consultation with Caf, the Ivorian have agreed the security of players and fans could not be guaranteed if the game in played in Abidjan.

”We thought we could host the match in Abidjan even after FIFA’s pressure to move it from here,” Anouma said.

“But the situation on the ground and lack of security guarantee from the government led us – we and Caf to decide on relocation to nearby Accra, Ghana.

“The players will be in Accra from Tuesday, March 21. They will do a few days of preparation and will play this match that is very crucial for Ivory Coast,” he added.

Ivory Coast are top of Group H with maximum six points after two matches.

Second-placed Benin have four points, Rwanda are third with one point while Rwanda have no points.

Source: Ghanasoccernet

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