The Lions of Teranga added to their win over Zimbabwe, with Kouyaté playing the full 90 minutes in midfield.
The No.8’s Palace teammates Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha made their first appearance at this year’s tournament earlier in the week. The trio’s sides, Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast respectively, are forces in African football, with Senegal favourites to win the competition.
Patrice Beaumelle’s Ivory Coast took the lead against Equatorial Guinea within five minutes when Max Gradel struck well from just outside the box.
Zaha replaced Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet in the 71st-minute, and came close to netting in the 92nd-minute as he stretched to turn home a late cross but struck just wide. Regardless, Les Éléphants’ victory ensures they top Group E with every country now having played once. They next face Sierra Leone on Sunday 16th.
Ayew started for Ghana a while later as the Black Stars lost 1-0 to Morocco. The Palace forward played 86 minutes as his side stood strong against Morocco’s possession and chances to ensure a tight match. However, an 83rd-minute strike from Angers’ Sofiane Boufal undid them in the closing stages.
Ayew and his compatriots will next face Gabon on Friday 14th.
Fixtures and results
All times are UK time.
Ghana – Ayew
Morocco 1-0 Ghana (Ayew played 86 minutes alongside his brother Andre up-front)
Friday 14th: Gabon (19:00)
Tuesday 18th: Comoros (19:00)
Senegal – Kouyaté
Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe (Kouyaté played match in the centre of midfield)
Senegal 0-0 Guinea (Kouyaté played match in the centre of midfield)
Tuesday 18th: Malawi (16:00)
Ivory Coast – Zaha
Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Ivory Coast (Zaha replaced Maxwel Cornet in the 71st-minute)
Sunday 16th: Sierra Leone (16:00)
Thursday 20th: Algeria (16:00)
Round of 16
- 23rd-26th January
- 29-30th January
- 2nd-3rd February
- 6th February
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