COCAN Mobilizes for CAN 2023 Success in San Pedro

The president of the Organizing Committee of the African Cup of Nations (COCAN 2023) football, François Albert Amicha, called on Monday October 9 in San Pedro, all the inhabitants of the region to mobilize and get involved in the organization for the success of this event.

Mr. Amicha launched this call on the occasion of the installation of the local CAN committee (COLOCAN). He invited members, local authorities, traditional chiefs and populations to do everything possible to present a more shining and welcoming image of San Pedro to the various teams and delegations, and to fill up the 20,000-seat stadium during the various matches.

“Without effective involvement of the regions (…), the organization of the CAN would fail in its missions… We are committed to leaving no one behind or left behind. On the contrary, our approach is intended to be inclusive and unifying,” he said.

Mr. Amicha proceeded with the installation of COLOCAN whose executive committee is chaired by the prefect of the San6Pedro region, prefect of the department of San Pedro, Ousmane Coulibaly. The honorary committee is placed under the responsibility of the minister-governor of the autonomous district of Bas-Sassandra, Legré Philippe.

COLOCAN associates various human resources, among others, municipal and regional councilors, regional and departmental directors, defense and security forces and civil society organizations, to the organization of the competition at the local level.

It is the decentralized body of COCAN and will ensure the execution, monitoring and support of defined decisions and actions. In this capacity, he notably ensures the relay of information, awareness and mobilization of administrative services and populations and support for all the activities of the site director.

COCAN previously recruited the human resources necessary to organize the competition in the country’s second port city. These include the site director and his deputies as well as 592 selected volunteers who received initial training during the Ivory Coast-Lesotho test match and will follow others.

The president of COCAN has already installed the local committees of Yamoussoukro, Korhogo and Bouaké, which will also host the group matches. He announced that this body will carry out missions in the different host cities, before the start of the tournament in January 2024, in order to refine all the actions to make this 34th edition , “the most beautiful CAN”.

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