Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha
Thursday Jan 12, 2017. 10:00
New Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha netted his first ever goal for his country as they thrashed Uganda in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The two teams were using the international friendly match as preparation for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon.
The opening goal came five minutes into the second half through Jonathan Kodjia, who made it 1-0 to Ivory Coast - punishing the Ugandan defence.
It was soon 2-0 as former England international Zaha outpaced his opponent before doubling the Elephants' lead against the Cranes in the 72nd minute.
Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier sealed his side's 3-0 victory three minutes later and ultimately, the Elephants walked away victorious.
The Elephants, who are the defending AFCON champions, are in Group C along with Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) and Morocco.
While Uganda are in Group D with African powerhouses Egypt, Ghana and Mali. The tournament will run from January 14 to February 5.