Video: Ivory Coast Triumphs in Africa Cup of Nations Opener

Saturday, January 13
•Ivory Coast 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Sunday, January 14
•Nigeria Vs Equatorial Guinea – 5pm
•Egypt Vs Mozambique – 8pm
•Ghana Vs Cape Verde – 11pm


Hosts Ivory Coast launched their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a resounding 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in a thrilling opening match on Saturday night in Abidjan.

The Elephants showcased their dominance early in the game, with Seko Fofana seizing the opportunity and securing a lead just four minutes into the match.

The midfielder’s powerful strike from outside the box left goalkeeper Jonas Mendes with no chance.

Despite Fofana’s near miss, hitting the crossbar at the 35-minute mark, Ivory Coast maintained control in the first half.

Guinea-Bissau managed occasional counter-attacks, but the Ivorian defense held firm.

The hosts solidified their lead shortly before the hour mark, as substitute Jean-Philippe Krasso showcased his prowess with an acrobatic goal, capitalizing on excellent teamwork with Jonathan Bamba.

Krasso’s clinical finish ensured a convincing 2-0 victory for Ivory Coast as they confidently secured their triumph in the tournament opener.

Looking ahead, the Elephants are set for a tougher challenge in their next Group A clash against three-time champions Nigeria.

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