CAF and PUMA Unveil ‘Pokou’

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Gati Jesse

Published on October 23, 2023

CAF and PUMA Unveil ‘Pokou’: The Stunning Official Ball for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and PUMA have pulled back the curtain to reveal the star of the show, “Pokou,” the official match ball for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations set to light up Ivory Coast.

The name “Pokou” is steeped in history, paying tribute to one of the Ivory Coast’s legendary football figures, Laurent Pokou, whose legacy continues to inspire a new generation of African football talent.


But “Pokou” is more than just a ball; it’s a symbol of unity and excellence that encapsulates the spirit of African football. The design, which combines traditional motifs with a contemporary twist to symbolize the harmony of old and new, tradition and innovation, is a tribute to the rich cultural tapestry of the Ivory Coast.


As for the technical aspects, “Pokou” has undergone rigorous testing to meet the demands of top-tier international football. It boasts cutting-edge technology, ensuring consistent flight, accurate passes, and remarkable durability, essential for the rigorous battle that awaits on the pitch.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations promises to be a tournament like no other. Ivory Coast, with its passionate football fans and storied history, provides the perfect backdrop for this grand spectacle. The unveiling of “Pokou” sets the stage for an electrifying tournament filled with incredible skill, dramatic goals, and unforgettable moments.

The CAF and PUMA decision to name the ball after Laurent Pokou signifies the tournament’s commitment to honoring and celebrating the heroes of African football while also looking towards a bright future. In Ivory Coast, football is more than just a game; it’s a way of life, a source of pride, and a symbol of unity.

With the legendary ball in the center of the action, the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations looks to be a celebration of the rich tapestry of African football, where the energy of the game, player skill, and fan passion all come together on the biggest platform. As we excitedly anticipate the start of the competition, Ivory Coast football fans are in for a unique show in 2023.

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