Ivory Coast confirm friendly international with France

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport
Ivory Coast team
Ivory Coast team

African champions Ivory Coast have confirmed they will play France in a friendly match in Nantes at the end of May 2016.

Negotiations involving the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) officials and their French counterparts on the actual date are still ongoing.

The match, which will be played at the Stade de la Beaujoire, will serve as a warm-up for the Euro 2016 hosts, according to the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët.

"We can confirm that discussions are ongoing for the game to be played on 30 or 31 May because the final of the Champions League is scheduled for May 28," FIF announced on its website.external-link

Reigning champions Ivory Coast, who are trailing leaders Sudan in Group I, will face the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Gabon in early June.

The fixture will not count towards qualification. Only the group winners between Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Sudan will advance to the finals.

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