CAF, COCAN introduce Abidjan ‘Media Centre’

Edwin  - CEO January 9, 2024
Updated 2024/01/10 at 3:10 AM
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To improve media service at TotalEnergies CAF AFCON 2023



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Local Organising Committee (“COCAN” will introduce the Main Media Centre (“MMC”) concept in Abidjan as the main ‘nerve’ center for media services during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Côte d’Ivoire 2023.


The Main Media Centre will be at Palais de la Culture de Treichville in Abidjan.  It will officially open its doors on Wednesday, 10 January 2024 – three days before the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations opening match, Côte d’Ivoire 2023.


The MMC, introduced at the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON for the first time in its 67-year history, is strategically located in the heart of Abidjan and designed to provide the media, including photographers and broadcasters, with a unique working environment.


All pre-match press conferences (Matchday -1) for Alassane Ouattara (Ebimpe) and Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium will be held at the Main Media Centre.


This will include all non-match day media events and press conferences. Media in Abidjan will also be able to follow press conferences from other venues at the Main Media Centre daily.


This is another way for CAF and COCAN to make work easy for more than 3,000 media accredited for the competition. The Main Media Centre can accommodate over 500 media and has a press conference facility.


CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba said: “Media plays an important role in making the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations a success. The CAF must introduce the best conditions for the media to do its work. The Main Media Centre will centralize media events and services. This means media do not need to travel between the two venues for pre-match media conferences.”


Operational Hours: 10h00 – 23h30 Daily


Key Features of the MMC: 


Centralized Approach: The MMC represents a centralized approach to media coverage, bringing together journalists, broadcasters, and photographers in one dedicated space.


Photographers Section: A dedicated area with two rows exclusively for photographers, recognizing the crucial role of visual storytelling in sports journalism.


Agencies Space: An exclusive space designated for media agencies.


Media Café: A dedicated catering area for media professionals to ensure a comfortable working environment.

Press Conferences: All Matchday-1 press conferences for teams and other CAF press conferences and media briefings will take place at the MMC.


Broadcast Hub: MMC serves as the central hub for broadcasting, with live feeds from all matches delivered to the facility. Even non-approved Media for Match Telecasts can watch matches at MMC.


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