It was the lone goal scored by Chelsea forward man, Didier Drogba that made the difference between Ivory Coast and Sudan in the AFCON as the game ended in favour of Ivory Coast.
Drogba produced the sealer when he rose to head in a superb cross from his Chelsea club teammate Salomon Kalou six minutes before the interval.
He said after the match that it was a decent start for him and his team as they displayed positive things and other things less good, but the most important for them was to get off to a winning start.
The Ivorians, while relieved to escape with three points, looked far from potential champions and will have to improve markedly if they are to fulfil their massive potential and shed their unwanted reputation as chokers.
Ivory Coast will be meeting Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso lost their first game to Angola with a 2-1 margin.