Senegal: First nation to qualify for the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon
Senegal is the first team to qualify for the final phase of the next African Cup of Nations to be held in early 2022 in Cameroon. With 12 points, the Senegalese are indeed certain to finish in one of the first two places in Group I, in the qualifiers of this “CAN 2021”. They got the point they were missing by winning 1-0 on November 15, 2020.
We know the first team qualified for the final phase of the next African Cup of Nations (CAN 2021), scheduled for early 2022. Senegal joined Cameroon, host country of the “CAN 2021”, thanks to a 1-0 victory in Guinea-Bissau.
With 12 points, the Senegalese are certain to finish in one of the top two places in Group I in the qualifiers. A draw on 15 November 2020 in Bissau was even enough to validate their ticket.
Because of the poor turf and the high heat, the Lions did not really manage to develop their game. In the 16th minute, a lack of communication between strikers Boulaye Dia and Sadio Mané prevented the latter from getting his shot on target (16th).
In the 75th minute, it was Mané again who forced the opposing goalkeeper Jonas Mendes to push the ball back to Dia, whose header was not enough. The winger Ismaila Sarr missed a point-blank shot from close range (76th).
In spite of a warm alert on the cage of Édouard Mendy (61st), the Senegalese are not getting impatient. The expulsion of Jorge Braima, for a second warning, helps them well (64th). Reduced to 10-11, the Bissau-Guineans defended with all their might. But in the 82nd minute, they gave in to Sadio Mané’s speed. The superstar takes advantage of a relay in the Guinea-Bissau’s box to open the score with a cross-shot: 0-1.
The vice-champions of Africa are qualified for the next CAN and this from the 4th day (out of six) of these qualifiers.