In their opening match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Ivory Coast, the host nation, delivered a stellar performance, securing a convincing 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday evening.
The Elephants, living up to their favorites’ tag, displayed their championship pedigree with goals from Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso.
Fofana opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, capitalizing on a poor clearance from Guinea-Bissau’s Jefferson Encada.
Despite being surrounded by defenders, Fofana showcased his skill to find the back of the net.
While chances were limited for both sides, Guinea-Bissau held onto hope until the hour mark. Opa Sangante’s defensive lapse presented Krasso with an opportunity, which he clinically converted, sealing the 2-0 win for Ivory Coast.
Looking ahead, Ivory Coast aims to maintain their winning momentum as they face Nigeria in their next fixture on January 18.
Meanwhile, Guinea-Bissau will strive to bounce back when they meet Equatorial Guinea on the same day.
The AFCON opener showcased Ivory Coast’s determination and skill, setting the stage for an exciting tournament ahead.
Fans eagerly anticipate the upcoming clash between Ivory Coast and Nigeria, expecting another thrilling display of football prowess.