CAIRO (AP) — Ivory Coast began its campaign in the African Cup of Nations’ toughest group with a 1-0 win over South Africa on Monday.
The Ivorians edged an early crunch game at the tournament in Egypt when Jonathan Kodjia finished neatly from a cross by Max Gradel in the second half.
The striker’s goal was enough, although Nicolas Pepe hit the crossbar with a free kick for Ivory Coast in the first half and was denied again near the end when another free kick was saved brilliantly by Ronwen Williams.
Group D has three former champions in Ivory Coast, South Africa and Morocco. Morocco beat Namibia 1-0 on Sunday.
Youssef M’Sakni gave Tunisia the lead in the first half from the penalty spot.
Source: FOX Sport