The much anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway as hosts Ivory Coast plays Guinea-Bissau.
Under seasoned coach Jean-Louis Gasset, the two-time champions will be looking to show that they are not a diminished power by winning the title the first time around.
Les Elephants can rely on home advantage and a favourable fixture to get things started this year after failing to go past the final stages of the last three AFCON tournaments and failing to even qualify for the last two World Cups.
Before their fourth attempt at the group stage, Guinea-Bissau, who are not among the top 100 teams in the world according to FIFA, have not won a game at the AFCON.
The sole previous meeting between the two teams occurred in a 2001 WAFU Nations Cup contest, which Ivory Coast won 4-1.
Here is how both teams line up for the opening game with Franck Kessie leading the Ivorian as Captain.
Ivory Coast Starting XI (4-3-3)
Guinea-Bissau Starting XI
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