Ivory Coast kicks off CAN 2024 with win over Guinea-Bissau

Ivory Coast won the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations at home against Guinea-Bissau (2-0) in Abidjan on Saturday. The Elephants lead Group A, which includes Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

Former Lens captain Sego Fobana, now playing for Al Nasser in Saudi Arabia, fired in a strike from inside the area in the 4th minute. He left Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Oberyn Joko of Franks Borines powerless in the Challenger Pro League. In the heat and humidity of the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium, Jean-Philippe Grasso delighted the Ivorian crowd, doubling the lead with an equalizer in the opponent's area and putting his team away once and for all (58th).

On the Ivorian side, Jean-Thierry Lazare Amani (Union Saint-Guillois) is not on the match sheet. Former Anderlecht and Zulte Waregem Issa Doumbia came on at the end of the match, while another ex-Mauve, Christian Kouamé, kept his suit. In Guinea-Bissau, Djokovic was the only representative of the Belgian Championship as Carlo Prosper Mendy was absent from the scoresheet and SCV striker Jinho Kano was on the bench.

The match resumes on Sunday between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea at 3:00 pm. In Group B, the Egyptian Pharaohs will meet Mozambique at 6:00pm, while Ghana will play Cape Verde at 9:00pm.

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