Milan star steers Elephants to victory

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Ivory Coast 1-0 Niger

Ivory Coast's qualification campaign began with a 1-0 victory over Niger in the group’s other clash in Abidjan.

The home side failed to take an early lead when Max Gradel missed from the penalty spot following the midway stage.

The Elephants however amended on 68 minutes when Franck Kessie showed Gradel how to finish from the spot as he fired the winner from the very same arch.

Ivory Coast lock horns with Ethiopia in their next qualifier, while Niger tackle Madagascar on Tuesday evening.

Madagascar 1-0 Ethiopia

Madagascar made a bright start to their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Ethiopia at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium on Saturday in Group K.

Ravi Ravelson provided the all-important winner after 18 minutes which the hosts protected tooth and nail to run out victors in the end.