In the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast defeated Guinea-Bissau with a score of 2-0. Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso scored a goal each in the first and second half, respectively.
Fofana gave Ivory Coast an early lead with an amazing shot from outside the box. Krasso then made up for a missed opportunity by scoring a second goal just before the hour mark.
Although Guinea-Bissau has not won any of its 10 Cup of Nations final matches, Ivory Coast is still considered the favorite. Despite missing several players due to injuries, Ivory Coast pleased their expectant crowd of 60,000 by starting their campaign on a positive note.
Ivory Coast, who has won the tournament twice before, will face Nigeria in their next match on Thursday. This will be the biggest matchup in their group. Guinea-Bissau, on the other hand, will take on Equatorial Guinea on the same day. Both matches will be played at Abidjan’s Alassane Ouattara Stadium.
Although Ivory Coast’s performance was not perfect, the coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, knows that the three points from this victory are crucial at this early stage of the tournament.
Fofana’s early goal brought relief to the home players and their supporters. Guinea-Bissau had a few missed opportunities, including a bicycle kick attempt by Mama Balde and a weak shot on goal. Seko Fofana also came close to scoring a second goal, but his powerful shot hit the crossbar.
Before halftime, Jonathan Bamba set up Krasso for a great chance, but the striker missed the target.
Guinea-Bissau started the second half with determination, but their final passes were often poor, wasting promising positions. Ivory Coast took advantage of hesitant defending and extended their lead to 2-0 with Krasso’s acrobatic goal.
Despite a few half-chances, Guinea-Bissau’s goal drought at the Cup of Nations finals now stretches to eight games.