AFRICAN FRIENDLIES: Ivory Coast triumph over Angola in Abidjan
Cote d'Ivoire won their first game since their recent crowning as African champions last month, when they defeated Angola 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.
The Elephants struck first in the 24th minute through Rizespor of Turkey defender Diarrassouba Viera, before Hertha Berlin star Salomon Kalou sealed the win from the spot in the 89th minute.
Skipper Yaya Toure as well as other stalwarts of the AFCON-winning team like Gervinho, Max Gradel, Serey Die and Wilfried Bony started the game for the Elephants.
The Ivoirians will now tackle Equatorial Guinea in a second friendly game on Sunday.
The Equatoguineans also played an international friendly today losing 2-0 to Egypt in Cairo.
Thailand 2 - 0 Singapore
Oman 6 - 0 Malaysia
Jordan 0 - 1 Syria
Maldives 0 - 2 Tajikistan
Qatar 1 - 0 Algeria
Egypt 2 - 0 Equatorial Guinea
Ivory Coast 2 - 0 Angola
Egypt 2-0 Eq Guinea
Bahrain 0 - 6 Colombia
Iran 2 - 0 Chile
France 1 - 3 Brazil
Story by Joy Sports/Gary Al-Smith