Senegal, Ivory Coast friendly match cancelled

South Africa's friendly with Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast were in South Africa to play Bafana Bafana in an international friendly

The high-profile friendly between African giants Senegal and Ivory Coast, set to be played on Tuesday, has been cancelled.

The game was called off at the request of the Ivorians, the Senegal Football Federation (FSF) has announced.

The Ivorians demanded the match - due to be played in France - be cancelled because of travel difficulties.

The Elephants were in South Africa where they played Bafana Bafana in a friendly on Saturday.

Their flight from South Africa on Sunday was unable to leave because of technical problems.

"Given the uncertainty about the presence of all the Ivorian squad in Amiens in time for Tuesday, the Ivorian Federation president preferred to call-off the match," said Ndeye Dome Thiouf, head of communciations for the FSF.

Thiouf added that the match could be re-scheduled for a date in January in Dubai as preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations hot up.

The biennial African football showpiece runs from 21 January to 12 February and is being co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Senegal has been drawn in Group A alongside Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Zambia, while Ivory Coast are in Group B, with Burkina Faso, Sudan and 2010 hosts Angola.

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