Guinea Defeat Ivory Coast In Five-Goal Thriller


Visiting Guinea made matters worse for Cote d’Ivoire after handing the two-time African champions a 3-2 defeat in their Group H opener in Bouake on Saturday.

The loss comes barely six days after the Elephants tasted a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Netherlands in a friendly in Rotterdam, leaving Belgian-born trainer Marc Wilmots without a win since assuming the reins of “Les Elephants” last March.

The defeat will also serve a bitter pill for the 2015 African champions, who were seeking for a win as a deserving homage to former midfielder Cheick Tiote, who passed on earlier in the week in China after collapsing at training.

With right-back Serge Aurier as captain, Les Elephants broke the deadlock through veteran forward Seydou Doumbia after 14 minutes.

The lead won’t last long before Abdoulaye Diallo drew even on 32 minutes capitalizing on a blunder by Ivorian goalie Sylvain Gbohouo, who spilled a harmless shot, and the former pounced on to score.

Doumbia restored the homers lead on 62 minutes, but four minutes later, Francois Kamano made it two-all.

On 79 minutes, Germany-based forward Naby Keita stunned the home crowd with the winner scrambling home from a goalmouth action as the Ivorians succumbed a painful defeat at their backyard.

Guinea occupies top spot of Group H temporary with three points, pending the Central African Republic versus Rwanda encounter on Sunday in Bangui. The Ivorians have no point.

Elsewhere in Francistown, located in the eastern part of Botswana, Mauritania got their campaign to a winning start with substitute Mohamed Soudani’s 78th minute goal separating the two sides in the Group I fixture.

However, Burkina Faso leads the pack in the group after a 3-1 win over Angola in Ouagadougou. A first half brace from veteran forward Aristide Bance and a late strike from Bertrand Traore sealed victory with Gelson netting a consolation for the “Palancas Negras”.

In Group C, midfielder Yves Bissouma inspired Mali to come from behind to beat Gabon in Bamako. The 20-year old, who plays for French side Lille, scored the winner on 57 minutes. Three minutes earlier, Kalifa Coulibaly had canceled Denis Bouanga’s third minutes lead for ‘Les Pantheres”.

The other Group C encounter saw Burundi make light work of South Sudan with a 3-0 win in Bujumbura. All three goals came in the first half with Cedric Amissi breaking the deadlock on 12 minutes. Gael Duhayindavyi doubled the lead four minutes later before Abdoul Fiston scored the third on the half-hour mark.


Group A

9.06.2017      Obeid            Sudan 1-3 Madagascar

10.06.2017    Dakar            Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea


Group B

10.06.2017    Yaounde        Cameroon 1-0 Morocco

10.06.2017    Lilongwe        Malawi 1-0 Comoros


Group C

10.06.2017    Bamako         Mali 2-1 Gabon

10.06.2017    Bujumbura    Burundi 3-1 South Sudan


Group D

11.06.2017    Blida              Algeria vs Togo

11.06.2017    Cotonou         Benin vs Gambia


Group E

9.06.2017      Cairo             Libya 5-1 Seychelles

10.06.2017    Uyo               Nigeria 0-2 South Africa


Group F

10.06.2017    Freetown       Sierra Leone 2-1 Kenya

11.06.2017    Kumasi          Ghana vs Ethiopia


Group G

10.06.2017    Kinshasa        DR Congo 3-1 Congo

11.06.2017    Harare           Zimbabwe vs Liberia


Group H

10.06.2017    Bouake          Cote d’Ivoire 2-3 Guinea

11.06.2017    Bangui           Central African Rep. vs Rwanda


Group I

10.06.2017    Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 3-1 Angola

10.06.2017    Francistown   Botswana 0-1 Mauritania


Group J

10.06.2017    Niamey          Niger 0-0 Swaziland

11.06.2017    Tunis             Tunisia vs Egypt


Group K

10.06.2017    Ndola            Zambia 0-1 Mozambique

10.06.2017    Bissau           Guinea Bissau 1-0 Namibia


Group L

10.06.2017    Dar es Salaam          Tanzania 1-1 Lesotho

11.06.2017    Praia                        Cape Verde vs Uganda



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