The city of Youmoussoukro is still in a festive mode hours after the victory of the elephants of Cote d’ivoire over the Durtus of Guinea Bissau by 2 goals to zero during the opening match of the AFCON.
After the victory trumpets continue echoing from different streets of Yamoussoukro reflecting the joy in the hearts of Ivorians fans and supporters as the elephants have entered the competition in grand style. First match, first victory, two goal scored and three points on three pocketed.
The animations went on the streets of the different towns of Cote d’Ivoire throughout the night. Some happy fans savoured the victory with delicious meals while sipping beverages in public places.
At the fans village in Yamousoukro with unending trails of football lovers trooped to the site to watch the opening ceremony of the continent’s biggest football event.
The crowd expressed their joy and excitement as they followed the colourful opening ceremony on giant screens.
They were even more elated by CAF president, Patrice Motsepe said the AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire is the best so far.
The population and guests who filled the stadium to capacity cheered as appreciation as Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara congratulated them for the wonderful organisation of the African football festival.
The joy turned to an outburst in the celebrations at the 6th minute in to the opening game. Sako Mohamed Fofana had just opened score for the host nation.
The early goal made Sako Fofana the first player to score at the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of nations.
The one goal lead didn’t seem to satisfy fans who kept call for more. At the half time break, supporters were upbeat of their team scoring more goals. Others had even placed bets on an Ivorian victory.
As expected Jean – Phillippe Krasso killed the game at the 58th minute with goal number two for Cote d’Ivoire.
All attempts by Guinea Bissau to bounce back was halted by the Ivorians who were playing in front of their Head of state, Alassane Ouattara and having the cheers from their home fans.
At the end of the game, the active participation Sako Fofana in the game and his multiple inconclusive attempts to increase score as well as constructive passes earned him the man of the match award at the end of the game.
Prior to the excitement at the stadium, the social media was buzz was on the injury suffered by indomitable lions captain Vincent Aboubakar on Friday during training. The strikers was limping out of training ground following pains in his right thigh and was rushed to the AFCON accredited hospital in Yamoussoukro.
The victory of the elephants reassures them that their team can go places and produce even better results during the other group games.
The medical doctor of the lions eventually released a message reassuring fans the indomitable lion is recovering and is upbeat about his participation in the AFCON.
With the kick off given, the 2nd group A match and two matches in group B are scheduled this Sunday. Nigeria take on Equatorial Guinea at 2pm GMT for group A while in group B, Egypt will challenge Mozambique at 5pm and the black stars of Ghana will test their strength against Cape Verde at 8pm GMT.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will this Sunday take part in their last official pre match training session and a press conference ahead of their confrontation against Guinea on Monday at the Charles Konan Banny stadium in Yamoussoukro.
Other press conferences schedule this Sunday include those of Senegal and gambia ahead of their confrontation and of Algeria and Angola ahead of their clash against each other.