AFCON 2019: Senegal makes easy work of Tanzania in Group C opener

There were no surprises in the opening game of Group C at the ongoing 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, with Senegal easily beating Tanzania 2 – 0 at the 30 June Stadium on Sunday 23 June.

The difference in ranking among the two sides meant Senegal were firm favorites but Tanzania did so little to try and win the game, in the end not even managing a shot on target, in the three they could muster, as compared to Senegal’s 23, with eight on target.

Balde opener

By the time Keita Balde opened the scoring for Senegal, in the 28th minute, the East Africans had already rode their luck so much.

Balde picked an unselfish pass from skipper Idrissa Gueye and though there was no taking anything from his low effort, Tanzania keeper Aishi Maula should have done better to pick the ball placed at his near post.

That was just one of the shaky moments Manula had exhibited in the game, just before conceding, he had fluffed what seemed a simple pass in and was lucky to have Kelvin Yondani hoof the ball clear.

Poorly organised in defence, Tanzania survived largely due to Senegal’s profligacy and Mbaye Niang was the main culprit here, with the absence of Sadio Mane massively felt.

Sane injury

Senegal’s low point of the night would definitely be the injury to stand in skipper Salif Sane who appeared to have twisted his right ankle.

Tanzania trudged to the break trailing by the sole strike and showed a little bit composure in defence in the second but they could not withstand the piling pressure, with Krepin Diatta slamming home the second with a ferocious shot in the 64th minute.

Tanzania will hope to recover when they face Kenya’s Harambee Stars in their next game while Senegal, with Mane cleared, will hope to secure their place in the second round when they take on Algeria.