Nigeria stunned at home, Haller on target for Ivory Coast

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Mar 2023

Sebastien Haller inspired Ivory Coast to a 3-1 win against Comoros on Friday to move on top of Group H in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers but three-time champions Nigeria were left reeling from a shock home defeat.

Sebastien Haller
Ivory Coast s Sebastien Haller (R) marks Comoros Kassim M Dahoma (L) during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (CHAN) Group H qualifier match between Ivory Coast and Comoros at Stade Bouake in Bouake on March 24, 2023. AFP


Guinea-Bissau stunned Nigeria 1-0 on Friday to throw Africa Cup of Nations qualifying wide open.

Mama Balde's first-half goal sealed a famous win for the Djurtus, ranked 113th in the world, over the three-time African champions in Abuja.

The shock result blows Group A, with Guinea-Bissau now leading Nigeria by a point at the halfway stage.

Despite boasting Napoli star Victor Osimhen, Nigeria struggled to create chances and were outfought by the tenacious underdogs.

On the other hand, Ivory Coast cruised to a 3-1 win over Comoros.

Ivory Coast were in control from the outset and deservedly led at halftime through Christian Kouame. Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller doubled Ivory Coast's advantage with a header before Jean-Philippe Krasso added a late third.

Comoros scored a late goal but the victory keeps the Ivory Coast top of Group H. With seven points from three games.

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