Ivory Coast won the game 4-2 at home, putting them in a good position ahead of the second leg – only one team will qualify for next year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, holders Zambia began the defence of their title with a 1-0 win over Uganda, although they still have plenty to do in the second leg.
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Liverpool have unveiled their new home kit for next season, sticking with the hugely popular retro styling of the current shirt.
The reputation of the Premier League means it is the most popular and one of the most watched leagues in the world.