November 21, (THEWILL) – Ivory Coast claimed their second win in the current 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers with a 2-0 victory over Gambia on Monday, at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.
The first half provided little action, with Ivory Coast dominating possession but struggling to break down the Gambian defence. The breakthrough came on the stroke of half-time when Christian Kouame scored from close range to give Ivory Coast a 1-0 lead at the break.
The pattern continued after the restart as Ivory Coast controlled the game but initially found it difficult to extend their advantage. As the game entered its final stages, the Elephants finally grabbed a second goal through Seko Fofana, who finished off a well-timed pass from Franck Kessie in the 86th minute.
The 2-0 win means Ivory Coast have now claimed back-to-back victories in World Cup qualifying Group F. Meanwhile, Gambia remain rooted to the bottom of the group without a point from their opening two matches, the same with Seychelles.
Ivory Coast will be pleased with the three points but will know they still have work to do to ensure qualification for the 2026 tournament in North America. Their next test comes against Guinea Bissau as AFCON qualifiers get underway in 2024.