Ivory Coast entertains Guinea Bissau at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in the opening game of the African Cup of Nations 2024.
The hosts are listed among the favorites to win the tournament outright and backed by passionate home support, Les Éléphants should have too much enthusiasm and class for minnows Guinea Bissau who have promised to give their all as their aim to make it to the knockout stage of the competition.
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This will be the first time that both teams will be meeting in a competitive fixture.
Eric Bailly, Simon Deli, Jen-Philippe Gbamin, Hamed Traore, Wilfried Zaha and Maxwel Cornet are all missing from Ivory Coast’s AFCON squad. Stars including Franck Kessie, Willy Boly, Nicolas Pepe and Sebastien Haller were included, however.
For Bissau, they have a squad comprised of players from a number of Europe’s minor leagues. Lyon’s Mama Balde, Samsunspor’s Nanu and Palermo’s Marcelo Dalo are among their more experienced performers. Guinea Bissau like to set up in a 4-3-3 formation.
Probable Line Up
Ivory Coast XI: Y. Fofana (GK), Singo, Diomande, Ndicka, Konan, S. Fofana, Kessie, Sangare, Krasso, Bamba, Boga
Guinea Bissau XI: Djoco (GK), Encada, Djalo, Sangante, Cande, Dalcio, Semedo, Bikel, S. Mane, C. Mane, Balde
Guinea Bissau might be out to prove a point against the hosts but the talent and the gap in quality between the two sides is like day and night. Backed by the vociferous home fans, this is a tie that Ivory Coast should see through.
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