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Hosts open AFCON with a comfortable win against Guinea-Bissau

Story by ZBC Reporter

HOSTS Ivory Coast opened their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) campaign with a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau.

Seko Fofana gave the elephants the perfect start in the group ‘A’ clash in Abidjan when he scored in the fourth minute.

He almost doubled the lead before half-time but another powerful effort was tipped onto the bar by Ouparine Djoco.

Jean-Philippe Krasso hooked in the second after the break after some smart control under pressure in the box.

The 2023 AFCON finals have been pushed back by six months into early 2024 to avoid the rainy season in West Africa, but the delay helped Ivory Coast finalise their preparations.

The Elephants are looking for their third continental triumph after wins in 1992 and 2015.

Today, Nigeria face Equatorial Guinea in the second group ‘A’ match, while 2021 runners-up Egypt and four-time champions Ghana will also be in action later in the day as group ‘B’ commences.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has secured the rights to broadcast all 52 aAFCON matches in Cote d’Ivoire and as a result, there will be disruption of normal programming on television.

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