Group D will host a mouth-watering encounter between Ivory Coast and South Africa at the Al Salam Stadium with the two teams hoping to begin on a winning note.
Ivorian coach Ibrahim Kamara depends on experienced players like Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, Tottenham defender Serge Aurier and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
The Elephants won the title twice, in 1992 and 2015. They crashed from the group stage in Gabon 2017.
On the other hand, South Africa aims to repeat their lone achievement when they were crowned champions at home in their first ever appearance. Bafana Bafana missed the last edition in 2017.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter relies on a squad composed mainly of local players with some foreign-based ones like Sparta Rotterdam striker Lars Wildewilk.
Nonetheless, the Bafana Bafana's bullish approach to matches coupled with its Barcelona-esque possession style could deliver the goods if things go according to their script.
What is the kick-off time of Ivory Coast vs South Africa?
The clash between Ivory Coast and South Africa is scheduled for 14:30 GMT on June 24.
Recent form in all competitions
Ivory Coast: W(4) D(0) L(1)
South Africa: W(3) D(2) L(1)
What is the head to head record of Ivory Coast vs South Africa?
There have been six previous meetings between these two sides. Interestingly, South Africa has never lost against the Ivory Coast. They last met in a friendly back in 2014. South Africa won 2-0.
Team News: Who is available, injured or suspended for Ivory Coast vs South Africa?
There are no reports of injuries and suspensions in the camps of Ivory Coast and South Africa.
Predicted starting XI for Ivory Coast vs South Africa
Ivory Coast: Gbohouo; Aurier, Kanon, Traore, Coulibaly; Die, Seri, Kessie; Pepe, Zaha, Bony
South Africa: Darren Keet, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Sifiso Hlanti, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch, Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba
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