8 : 7
0 : 2
0 : 1
1 : 0
2 : 1
5 : 6
Elephants beat Amavubis
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire made a flying start to their campaign in the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, courtesy a 3-0 victory over Rwanda on Saturday in Abidjan.
A spectacular first half performance by the Elephants, who were without talismanic captain Didier Drogba of Chelsea fame, ensured new coach Francois Zahoui began his new role on a promising note.
The Amavubis, handled by Ghanaian-born Sellas Tetteh gave a good account of themselves in the Group H clash, but the Ivorians were simply unstoppable and in a class of their own.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure broke the deadlock on 11 minutes before Salomon Kalou increased the tally eight minutes later.
Defender Emmanuel Eboue scored the third goal five minutes from half time, as the 1992 African champions bagged the maximum points at stake.
Benin will face Burundi in the other Group H encounter later on Sunday in Cotonou.
HOSTS COUNTRIES OF NEXT CAF COMPETITIONSOrange CAN 2012
REGULATIONS / PUBLICATIONSCAF Statutes