The Africa Cup of Nations got underway at the Stade Alassane Ouattara with hosts Ivory Coast defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 thanks to goals from Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso.
Nigeria is the next opponent for Jean-Louis Gasset’s team, and Equatorial Guinea will play Guinea-Bissau on Thursday. Prior to that, on Sunday at 14:00, Nigeria plays Equatorial Guinea.
Ivory Coast, the hosts, defeated Guinea-Bissau handily to start the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Ivorians triumphed with plenty to spare, despite not always providing enough entertainment for the home crowd after the opening ceremony.
Within four minutes, Seko Fofana created space for himself on the outside of the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable strike.
He almost added a second before halftime when Franck Kessie’s brilliant pull-back left him in space 15 yards out, but his shot was deflected onto the bar by Ouparine Djoco.
Jean-Philippe Krasso scored 13 minutes after the break after bringing down Jonathan Bamba’s cross into his path and directing the ball home.
Guinea-Bissau had a good chance to re-enter the game, but replacement Franculino Dju’s strike was superbly saved by Yahia Fofana.
In a contest played in scorching, humid circumstances that hampered many of the players, the home players were pleased with their first-half efforts, yet it was hardly a performance that will frighten their next group opponents, Nigeria.