Afcon Qualifiers: Mane Scores As Senegal Maintain Perfect Record
Sadio Mane was on target for Senegal helping them maintain their perfect record in Group I of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau on Wednesday.
Goals from Mane and Opa Nguette took the Teranga Lions to three wins from three and they top the pool on nine points, with the Djurtus placed third on three points. Second-placed Congo (three points) and bottom-of-the-log Eswatini (zero points) will meet in Brazzaville tomorrow.
Senegal were the stronger team through the first half, and their pressure finally cracked the visitors’ defence a few minutes before the interval when they earned a penalty. Liverpool star Mane converted emphatically from the spot to ensure the Teranga Lions led 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, Senegal continued to probe with little luck until when substitute Nguette netted on 74 minutes to make it 2-0, striking home from the edge of the area to effectively end the game as a contest.
Senegal eased off once the game was fully under their control, as they saved energy for the reverse fixture between these teams, which will be played on Sunday 15 November at Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau.