Abuja - The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), has denied making fundraising appeals from members of the public through mobile phone text messages.
Some members of the public received text messages purportedly from members of the national team such as Yao Kouassi, Didier Drogba and Boubacar Barry.
The messages demanded the receivers to assist the team with funds as it prepares to play the Senegalese national team, the Lions of Teranga on October 12.
Sidy Diallo, FIF President told newsmen in Abidjan on Wednesday that it did not at any time send out messages seeking financial assistance from people in support of the national team.
"FIF does not have any hand in the said messages; we regret any embarrassment the messages have caused our supporters.
"We urge our supporters to be vigilant and work with the security agencies to unmask those involved in this act,’’ he said.
Diallo called on the members of the public to disregard the said messages as they were only intended to swindle unsuspecting supporters of the national team.
He urged supporters of the Elephants to ensure massive turn-out as Cote d’Ivoire plays Senegal in the first leg of the World Cup qualifier at the Houphouet-Boigny stadium.