AFCON U-23: How Côte d'Ivoire Beat 10-Man Nigeria (Video)
Nigeria lost by a lone goal (Photo/NFF-Twitter)

Silas Gnaka scored from the spot as holders Nigeria succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B match of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) U-23 at Al Salam Stadium in Egypt on Saturday.

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Concise News reports that Gnaka scored in the 68th minute after Nigeria were reduced to 10 men from the previous foul by Olisa Ndah.

The opening half witnessed almost no clear chances for both sides who entered the game with cautious approach as it ended in a barren stalemate.

Nigeria returned with more intention and missed a chance to break the deadlock after 64 minutes when Taiwo Iwonyi header rebounded from the crossbar.

But it was Cote d’Ivoire who took the lead. Ndah fouled Youssouf Dao inside the vital area to receive a red card for a second bookable offense. The referee awarded the Ivorians a penalty and from the spot Gnaka’s shot found the hands of Nigeria’s goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar’s hand but the referee judged it to pass the goal line to score Les Elephants opener.

Nigeria tried hard to find the equalizer but time passed quickly as the holders suffered their first defeat.

Watch the highlights below: