Emmanuel Amuneke’s Tanzania fell to 2-0 defeat to the Teranga Lions of Senegal in their first AFCON 2019 Group C match at the 30 June Air Defence Stadium, Cairo on Sunday evening, reports Completesports.com.
The Taifa Stars, playing in the AFCON finals for the first time since the 1980 edition hosted by Nigeria, were totally dominated by the West Africans who were without their talismanic forward Sadio Mane due to suspension.
Senegal started the game brightly but were let down by their profligacy in front of goal.
They finally took the lead in the 28th minute through Keita Balde following a pass from Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Aliou Cisse’s men further pinned the Taifa Stars back after the goal but were unable to add to their advantage before the half time break.
The game continued in the same pattern after the break with Tanzania defending deep and the Senegalese dominating possession.
Krepin Diatta made the points save for Senegal when he scored the second goal in the 68th minute.
Tanzania will face East African rivals, Harambee Stars of Kenya in their next AFCON 2019 Group C game on Thursday, while Senegal will be up against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.
By Adeboye Amosu