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    AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast beat Guinea-Bissau in opening game

    Host nation, Ivory Coast enjoyed a winning start to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday evening.

    The Elephants claimed a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the opening game of the competition to live up to their favourites' tag.

    Goals from Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso were enough for the two-time AFCON champions to overcome their Group A opponents.

    It just took four minutes for Ivory Coast to take the lead, thanks to Fofana's goal. The hosts took advantage of a poor ball from Jefferson Encada well outside the Guinea-Bissau box, and Fofana scored despite being surrounded by defenders.

    While chances were few and far between, Guinea-Bissau retained some hope of staying in the game until just before the hour mark, when Opa Sangante's disastrous defending handed Krasso a chance, which he converted with ease.

    Ivory Coast will look to make it two wins in a row when they take on Nigeria in their next fixture on January 18. On the same day, Guinea-Bissau will hope to recover when they meet Equatorial Guinea.

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