African Cup of Nations: Senegal started with a victory. Sadio Mane scored the goal

It was only until the sixth minute of the added time by the referee that Senegalese footballers and fans waited for the coveted goal, which allowed them to start their way to the first African championship title from a win.

Eleven was dictated for playing a hand in Kelvin Madzongwe’s penalty area. Zimbabwe players protested fiercely, but Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar maintained his original decision after consulting with VAR.

Senegal, although its composition was swarming with players known from European football fields, played weakened by the lack of Chelsea London goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Napoli defender, captain Kalidou Koulibaly, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The teams that aim as high as the Lions of Terangi have met for the opening of the competition in Group C. After a goal known from the performance in English Southampton and French Lille OSC Sofiane Boufala in the 83rd minute, Morocco defeated Ghana 1-0.

Among the defeated in the end, Richmond Boakye appeared on the pitch, who played for Górnik Zabrze last season and now represents the colors of Beitar Jerusalem.

Ghana is a four-time continent champion who has been waiting for his fifth title since 1982. Morocco has won one triumph in the PNA.

In the evening, in the second game of group C, Comoros, who will make their debut in the final tournament, will play against Gabon.

Similarly to the European Championship, the competition for primacy in Africa has also been postponed by a year due to the pandemic.

This year’s edition is attended by 24 teams divided into six groups. The two leading teams from each group and the best four teams that took third places will advance to the 1/8 finals. The final is scheduled for February 6. Algeria defends the title.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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