Sadio Mane in national colours. Courtesy photo
Tuesday, June 8
*Cameroon 0-0 Nigeria
*Benin 2-2 Zambia
*Kosovo 1-2 Guinea
*Gambia 1-0 Togo
*Morocco 1-0 Ghana
*Senegal 2-0 Cape Verde
Sadio Mane was on scoresheet to help the Lions of Terranga beat Cape Verde 2-0 in an international friendly at Stade Lat Dior in Senegal.
The 2019 African Footballer of the year converted from the spot in the 86th minute to double the advantage.
Mane, with 22 goals in national colours, had an early chance to break a resilient Cape Verde side but headed weakly off a Diatta cross at the stroke of halftime.
Idrissa Gana Gueye put Senegal in front when the PSG player stroke beautifully before the hour mark.
Ismair Sarr was brought down in the area and Mane later showed composure to slide on the keeper’s right as Senegal won with a respectable score.
The win gives Senegal boost ahead of their FIFA World Cup Qualifiers where they are in Group H alongside Togo, Congo and Namibia.
Senegal, an African Powerhouse, is ranked number 22nd in Fifa Rankings and justified their superiority when they became the first team to qualify for 2021 AFCON.
Then, they achieved the fate in November last year when they beat Guinea Bissau 1-0 in Group I, moving top with four wins from as many. They went on to top the top the group with 14 points at the end.
Elsewhere, Ghana Black Stars lost 1-0 away to Morocco at the Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah in Rabat.
Black Stars goalkeeper Razak Abalora will take the biggest blame when he fumbled with what would have been a routine catch from Hakim Ziyech’s freekick. Jawad El-Yamiq benefited from the blunder to head home the only goal of the game.
At Stade de L’Amite, Benin and Zambia shared spoils 2-2. Saluali Phiri and Tandi Mwape put Zambia in the 2-1 lead at halftime after Cebio Soukou had scored early for Benin but a late Yohan Roche strike gave Benin a draw.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Nigeria Super Eagles played out a goalless draw in Autria while Guinea beat Kosovo and Togo lost to Gambia.