Africa Cup of Nations hosts Ivory Coast beat Zambia 3-1 at home on Friday to hand new train Jean-Louis Gasset a triumphing start to his tenure.The Ivorians are taking part withinside the qualifying competition no matter the reality that they are already confident a place withinside the 24-institution fit as hosts.
Captain Serge Aurier, Christian Kouame and Ibrahim Sangare scored second-half of desires to make sure the victory in Yamoussoukro.Burkina Faso and the Comoros Islands moreover received as group qualifiers for the 2023 finals continued whilst tiny Eswatini snatched an equaliser five minutes into stoppage time to draw 2-2 away in Togo.The powerful Ivorians, who overlooked out on World Cup qualification, made no changes to their institution but appointed the 68-year-antique French train weeks withinside the beyond to manual their bid to win the continental crown at home in 12 months’ time.
They took 67 minutes in advance than breaking the deadlock in competition to Zambia and emphasising their quality in advance than allowing Patson Daka a stoppage time equaliser for the visitors.Burkina Faso, forced to shift their home Group B endeavor to independent Morocco because of the reality their stadiums were placed now not to be of global standard, beat the Cape Verde Islands 2-0 with second half of desires in Marrakesh from Hassane Bande and Dango Ouattara.
so in Group B, tiny southern African kingdom Eswatini pulled off a 2-2 away draw as Siboniso Ngwenya snatched a closing gasp goal.The Comoros, who proved a surprise package at the finals in Cameroon in January, commenced their bid for a second successive finals appearance with a 2-0 home win over Lesotho in Group H.Qualifiers hold on Saturday in conjunction with home video video games for World Cup-positive Senegal and the 2019 African championsAlgeria.
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