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Senegal v Ivory Coast friendly called off

The Senegal-Ivory Coast international friendly match scheduled to hold on Tuesday in Amiens, northern France has been cancelled following the Elephants’ late departure from South Africa after Saturday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge shared with Bafana Bafana after a 1-1 stalemate.

Supersport.com’s source travelling with the Ivorian team said the group missed Sunday’s flight and arrangements for a make up remained unclear by Monday morning.

The two top favourites for the 2012 African Cup of Nations were to meet at 18H00 GMT tomorrow, as both sides put house in order ahead of the showpiece.

Senegal has the highest number of African professionals in Europe followed by Ivory Coast, and players from both countries currently ply their trades in top European clubs.

The Teranga Lions are fresh from a 4-1 drubbing over Guinea on Saturday and were set to power on against the Elephants whose lackluster outing against South Africa on Saturday keeps sparking criticisms back home.

Both teams met last in an international friendly played in Tours, France in 2006, with Senegal winning 1-0, taking their revenge of a 2-1 loss on the Ivorians in 2004 in Avignon, France.

A year earlier in Dakar, the Lions had humbled Ivory Coast 1-0, giving Senegal a slight historic advantage into the supposed clash.


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