The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) has approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) over a decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to strip the country of the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

Caf president Ahmad told Afrique Media TV on Monday that Cameroon would replace Ivory Coast as hosts in 2021 and the latter would instead stage the 2023 tournament.

Ivory Coast have taken action following the developments.

“The FIF was surprised to learn that the president of Caf decided on his own authority, without any prior consultation … to reassign the 2021 edition, which was entrusted until then to Ivory Coast, to Cameroon,” the FIF said in a statement.

“The preparation and work required to organise this great competition, which is particularly important for all Ivorian football and the Ivory Coast, constitutes important economic, financial and human investment.

“In view of all that has happened, the FIF has gone to Cas to appeal against the decision of Caf.”