Ivory Coast began their journey to a third AFCON title with a 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in the opening Group A game of the AFCON 2023 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium.
Thanks to goals from Seko Fofana who scored in the 4th minute and and Jean-Philippe Krasso in the second half.
With a beautiful strike from the edge of the box in the fourth minute, Fofana gave his team the lead. Just before the hour, Krasso made up for a missed opportunity by netting an incredible second goal.
Even though Guinea Bissau had lost all ten of its Cup of Nations finals games, the Ivorians were always the favourites.
However, the hosts, who were without a number of players due to injury, will be happy with how their campaign began in front of 60,000 spectators.
The biggest group matchup in the group is between Nigeria and the twice-champion Ivory Coast, while Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea meet on Thursday.
The Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan will host the games once more.