By Spy Uganda
Senegal achieved a major milestone on Sunday when they beat Uganda 2-0 in a Group A match at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Rabat, Morocco.
The win helped the Teranga Lionesses to record their first-ever win in the history of the competition.
Diakhaté Ndeye opened the scoring for the Senegalese team with a penalty kick in the 39th minute after Tunisian referee Dorsaf Ganouati had spotted a foul on 16-year-old striker Hapsatou Diallo.
Uganda could have equalised a few minutes later through Kazakhstan-based striker Fauzia Najjema, but Lionesses goalkeeper Tenning Sene brilliantly denied Najjema and the Cranes.
Pre-match favourites Uganda laid siege to the Senegal goal, but somehow Senegal retained their 1-0 lead at half-time.
Senegal doubled their lead through Nguenar Ndiaye five minutes after the break.
She finished clinically after being put through by the young rising star of Senegalese football, Hapsatou Diallo.
The goal was a huge blow to the Crested Cranes, who desperately tried to get back in the game but to no avail.
Lionesses goalkeeper Sene, may have been a peripheral figure for Senegal in the build-up to the tournament, but she grabbed her chance brilliantly to be named “Woman of the Match”.
The 2-0 win gives Senegal top spot in Group A, as they leapfrog Morocco, who they join on three points.
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