AFCON 2021: Equatorial Guinea face Côte d’Ivoire in the opener

Equatorial Guinea will face Cote d’Ivoire in Group E’s opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night.

Equatorial Guinea make their return to the continental showdown after a six-year absence.

They last featured in the competition back in 2015 when they finished fourth. They lost to DR Congo on penalties after the third-place playoff ended goalless in normal time.

The Nzalang Nacional are making just their third appearance in the competition this time around and will be looking to go a step further than they did last time.

Cote d’Ivoire on the other hand, are one of the strongest sides on the continent and are making their eighth consecutive appearance in the competition this year.

With 22 club goals in all competitions this term, 27-year-old Sebastien Haller has been in blistering form and he will be keen to lead his side to victory.

The Elephants were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the last edition by eventual winners Algeria.

The only previous encounter between Equatorial Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire in the Africa Cup of Nations was in the quarterfinals of the 2012 tournament which Côte d’Ivoire won 3-0.

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