CAN 2023: Gasset and Côte d’Ivoire start well, Burkina Faso tames Cape Verde

The 1st day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers continued this Friday evening with two beautiful posters which saw the logic respected: Côte d’Ivoire disposed of Zambia for the first of the new coach Jean-Louis Gasset (3-1 ), while Burkina Faso overcame Cape Verde (2-0) for the debut of Hubert Velud.

Ivory Coast 3-1 Zambia (Group H)

History will therefore remember that it was with a clear success that Gasset began his mandate on the bench of Côte d’Ivoire in a beautiful atmosphere in Yamoussoukro. Already qualified as host country, the Elephants dominated from the start and gradually gained strength but Gradel came up against the bar. By dint of breaking their teeth on the opposing block, the Ivorians were disillusioned and their goalkeeper Sangaré even had to save the day by chaining three stops in the space of a few minutes per hour of play.

Against all expectations, it was then that the locals finally found the fault. On a corner played at Rémoise and a cross from Gradel messed up at the near post, Aurier popped up at the second to free his team (1-0, 66′ ) . In the aftermath, Christian Kouamé doubled the lead with a powerful header from a new corner from Gradel (2-0, 76′ ) . Ibrahim Sangaré then drove home the point (3-0, 88 ‘) , but the inevitable Daka saved the honor for Zambia in added time (3-1, 90 ‘ +3) .

A little earlier, the Comoros had defeated Lesotho (2-0). To be continued on Tuesday Zambia-Comoros and Thursday Lesotho-Côte d’Ivoire.

The summary of the match in video

Burkina Faso 2-0 Cape Verde (Group B)

Another French coach, Hubert Velud also had a successful start with Burkina Faso. Forced to receive in Marrakech in Morocco, the semi-finalist of the last edition took a good half before taking the measure of Cape Verde. But the Lorient Dango Ouattara took care of everything after returning from the locker room. First by serving Hassane Bandé, who entered half an hour into the game following the injury of Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba, for the opener (58′ ) , then by scoring the break goal himself at the end of the part (88th ) .

In the other match of the group, Togo and Eswatini shared the points earlier in Lomé (2-2). To be continued on Tuesday Eswatini-Burkina Faso and Cape Verde-Togo.

The summary of the match in video