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Teranga Lions devour Squirrels – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Teranga Lions devour Squirrels

Aboki Wariss of Benin challenged by Mamadoy El Fadel of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 21:59


Senegal were in rampant form in front of goal as they beat Benin 4-0 in a 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations, Group B match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Senegal started like a house on fire and should have taken the lead in the first minute when Moussa Djitte met a low right wing cross from Assane Mbodj, but the attacker skied his shot over from only a couple of yards out.

Ten minutes later Benin had their first attempt on goal courtesy of a long range pile-driver from Seibou Mama, but his effort went inches wide of the target.

In the 18th minute Benin suffered a set-back when Wariss Aboki had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Charbel Gomez.

Things got even worse for the Squirrels in the 29th minute when Senegal took the lead thanks to a headed goal by Moussa Djitte, 1-0.

Ten minutes later the Teranga Lions doubled their lead thanks to another headed goal after Mohamed Kane nodded home a pin-point corner-kick, 2-0.

Benin were on the back foot for the rest of the half and lucky to go into the tunnel only two goals behind.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first as the Teranga Lions bossed the game.

Senegal were gifted a chance to make it three goals on the hour mark when the referee adjudged Benin’s Gaston Hougbedji to have handled the ball inside the box and pointed to the penalty spot.

Ablaye Diene stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, 3-0.

Benin tried to find their way back into the game after that and created quite a few chances, but their finishing was poor as they directed shot after shot wide of the target.

Instead, it was Senegal who found the back of the net for the fourth time in the 86th minute after Amadou Dia Ndiaye poked the ball home from close range following a goalmouth scramble, 4-0.

The win takes Senegal to second place in Group B with three points while Benin drop to third place with three points as well.

Senegal (2) 4 (Djitte 29’, Kane 39’, Diene 60’ pen, Dia Ndiaye 86’)

Benin (0) 0

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 11. Dieme, 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 17. Badiane, 22. Mbodj (10. Marone 72’), 14. Djitte (18 A Ndiaye 63’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 6. Yarou, 12. Bah-Yere, 4. Hougbedji , 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (9. Saliou 77’), 17. Aboki (11. Gomez 18’), 19. Elegbede (10. Koukpo 47’), 14. Bessan.

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Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal

Dela Sakou Souleymane of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 18:56


An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)

Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

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