AFCON: Host nation, Côte d’Ivoire, humiliated 0-4 by Equatorial Guinea


The host of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday suffered a severe blow, facing humiliation with an early exit due to a crushing 4-0 defeat by Equatorial Guinea at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe.

Emilio Nsue’s early lead for the Guineans, coupled with a classic free kick from Pablo Ganet and a fourth goal from Jannick Bulya, only intensified the embarrassment for the hosting team.

Adding to the adversity, Ivory Coast played without their star striker, Sebastien Haller, sidelined due to injury.

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The Guineans now stand tall with seven points, confidently challenging their immediate subordinates, Nigeria to a qualifiers match.

As the tournament unfolds, the host’s journey in the Africa Cup of Nations was marked not only by prospects of an early exit but also by the bitter taste of humiliation.

This had provided a challenging backdrop for Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast in group A as they gear up for a renewed attempt in the next AFCON competition.

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