Ivory Coast cancel Paris camping plans

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City
Yaya Toure is one of the key players for Ivory Coast at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast have cancelled their plans to hold their first pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp in Paris from Saturday.

The Elephants were scheduled to meet in the French capital before heading out to Dubai on 10 January.

But coach Francois Zahaoui has cancelled the plans insisting the players must all report directly in the United Arab Emirates.

No reason has been given for the change in plans by the Ivorians.

The 1992 champions will camp in Dubai for seven days and play two friendlies against Lebanon and Tunisia.

The revelation shows the chaotic nature of the preparation by the Elephants who are regarded as one of the favourites for the tournament.

The abandonment of the Paris camp piles the pressure on Zahaoui who is yet to release his preliminary squad for the tournament.

The coach told reporters last week that he has sent out invitations to 30 players but refused to disclose their identities.

Zahaoui has only six days before naming his squad for the competition, which Equatorial Guinea will co-host with Gabon and starts on 21 January.

Ivory Coast have been drawn in Group B of the tournament alongside Angola, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

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