Ivory Coast will play international friendlies against Belgium and Japan in October, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF)  has confirmed.

The Elephants who were initially scheduled to play against Super Eagles in AFCON qualifier on October 9, announced they would be withdrawing from the match due to internal problems.

Ivory Coast will now travel to Brussels to take on Belgium on October 8 at the King Baudouin Stadium before battling Japan five days later at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

“After a little more than 10 months of inactivity, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will resume service during the next international break scheduled for October 5 to 13,” read a statement on the FIF website.

“Two friendly matches are planned for this purpose. The first against the Belgian team on October 8 at the Roi Baudoin Stadium at 20:45 local time and the second Japan-Cote d’Ivoire on October 13 [time to be confirmed] at the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht in the Netherlands.”

Next month’s matches in Belgium and the Netherlands are expected to prepare the 2015 African champions for their double-header fixtures against Madagascar in their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Elephants were stunned 2-1 by Ethiopia in the second Group K game last November and currently sit at third in the group with three points after two matches.