African Champions Ivory Coast showed why they are top favorites going into this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon after beating European side Sweden 2-1 in a warm up tie in Abu Dhabi.

Substitute Wilfried Zaha provided the decisive cross on his Ivory Coast debut as the African champions claim victory.

Zaha's provided the assist for the Afcon champions' winning goal
Zaha’s provided the assist for the Afcon champions’ winning goal






The former England international, who switched his allegiance to the Ivory Coast ahead of the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title, provided the perfect cross for Giovanni Sio to head home a 50th minute winner.

An own goal from Wilfried Kanon had shot Sweden ahead in the 42nd minute as he botched an attempted clearance of Nicklas Barkroth’s cross but Yao Serge Nguessan equalised on the stroke of half-time.

The Ivorians have been preparing for Afcon in the UAE. They will be heading to Gabon on Thursday and play their opening Group C game on January 16 against Togo.

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