Serigne Fallou Diouf 77th minute strike was enough to see Senegal clinch all three points against Congo, in match day one of the ongoing U17 Africa cup of nations.
The aspiring Teranga Lions dominated possession at the Nelson Mandela stadium but lacked precision in their finishing.
Amara Diouf and team mates created multiple goal scoring chances in the first half , with five on target yet no goals. Their several attempts were almost frustrated by a penalty won by Congo at the 20th minute of play, lucky enough the Génération Foot keeper Serigne Diouf’s feet was at the right place and right time to deny Alexandre Boukoulou an opener.
Omar Sall was quite effective in the right flank, setting Abdou Aziz Hall with a brilliant cross unfortunately the latter sent over the bar.
The young Red Devils on the other hand struggled to keep the ball, with Christian Mafoulou continuously mobilising his squad to wade off the pressure.
The pressure only increased on the Red Devils as their Senegalese opponents used swift passes to dismantle the already shaky midfield.
Amara Diouf was so close to netting the first goal but his superbly executed header will be stopped by the crossbar and his goal scored few minutes later ruled for offside.
This frustrating turn of event did not slow down the Senegalese push for a goal, as Serigne Saliou Dias squad continued to occupy their opponents half of the pitch.
Serigne Fallou Diouf will be the ice breaker few minutes to stoppage time. A lead they will succeed to maintain till the end of the game.
Senegal now has three points in group A alongside Algeria who defeated Somalia 2-0 thanks to Anatouf brace. Both teams will face off on Tuesday in match day two.
Congo and Somalia are trailing behind with zero points in one game.
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