FIFA World Cup Seko Fofana guides Ivory Coast past a stubborn Gabon

Ivory Coast secured a hard-fought 1-0 win against Gabon in their third Group match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Friday.

Seko Fofana led by example in the Elephants’ quest to return to the global showpiece. The midfield maestro’s solitary goal was enough to see the reigning African champions secure a slim win over Gabon to maintain their winning streak in Group F and maintain their lead at the top.

Meanwhile, It was a battle of old foes in Uyo as the Super Eagles of Nigeria played host to South Africa. The highly entertaining affair which was a repeat of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 semi-final saw the teams share the spoils at a packed Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

A stroke of genius by Themba Zwane in the 29th minute gave Bafana Bafana the lead ahead of the break, before Fisayo Dele-Bashiru cancelled out Zwane’s goal just seconds into the second half for the match to end 1-1 in Group C.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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