Senegal coach Aliou Cisse
Tuesday Oct 16, 2018. 21:34
Senegal have secured early qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after they defeated hosts Sudan 1-0 at the Khartoum Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Teranga Lions had crushed the Falcons of Jediane 3-0 in Dakar on Saturday and completing a ‘double’ with victory in North-East Africa has ensured they will head to Cameroon next year for a 15th appearance at the AFCON finals.
The result took Senegal back to the top of Group A with 10 points – they are level with Madagascar, and both teams qualify for AFCON 2019 with two rounds of group stage matches to spare.
Despite the victory, the match was still a frustrating one for Senegal, as Aliou Cisse’s charges were unable to find their attacking rhythm.
However, just when it seemed as if the game was destined to end in a goalless stalemate, substitute Sidy Sarr popped up in the 87th minute with a superb header to break the deadlock and secure victory.
The teams will return to AFCON preliminary action next month, with Senegal away to Equatorial Guinea and Sudan visiting first-time qualifiers Madagascar.
Senegal (0) 1 (S. Sarr 87’)
Sudan: Abuzaid, Hamid (Idris 76’), Dafalla, Abdalla, Agab (Abdelrahman 72’), S. Ibrahim, Kamal, A. Mohamed, Nour, Osman, Walaa (Maki 62’)
Senegal: Gomis, Cisse, Coly, Diagne (Niang 60’), Diedhiou, Kouyate, Mbaye, N’Diaye (S. Sarr 83’), N’Doye, Nguette (Keita 69’), I. Sarr