Tuesday's friendly between Senegal and Ivory Coast has been called off after the Ivorians missed their Paris-bound flight from Johannesburg.

The match, scheduled for Amiens in northern France, was seen as an important build-up for both countries ahead of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The teams have met three times since 2003, with the Teranga Lions winning twice.

After his choice of players and formation during the 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana came under fire, Ivorian coach Francois Zahoui beefed up his squad by calling up former Lyon striker Kader Keďta, Nice midfielder Coulibaly Kafoumba, and Boka Arthur of Stuttgart.

The cancellation of the friendly is unfortunate as a Senegal v Ivory Coast clash would have been a real test of skill and strength ahead of January's continental showpiece.

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has been excused from Tuesday's friendly against Gabon in France because of the visa problem he faced in England.

The UAE-based player has left for his club Al Ain after coach Goran Stevanovic gave him the permission to join his club to train.

England-based John Pantsil will also not play in the game in Paris because of the same problem.

The two players were both stranded in England as they were both denied visas to join the Black Stars in France.

Gyan and Pantsil were supposed to have joined the squad in France on Thursday but could not depart because of the French Embassy’s ‘intransigence’.

They were scheduled to make an appeal on Monday and join the Black Stars camp on Monday night if they receive a favourable response.

Even if they are granted the visa on appeal, they would not get the chance to train with the team before the game.

So after holding discussions with the Serbian coach over their predicament, the two players have been asked to rejoin their clubs.

Gyan has left England for the UAE to train with his club while Pantsil will leave London for Leicester.

He was in England after joining Puma to launch the new Black Stars jerseys.