FRI 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

1 Senegal
VS
2 Niger

Niger, Senegal open Group B battle

Niger, Senegal open Group B battle
Mamadou El Barry of Senegal challenged by Nowu Johnson of Liberia during 2017 Ghana WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Liberia at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 09 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 15:35

Niger and Senegal will open Group B at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they meet at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00 local time.

Niger were surprise qualifiers for the second round, upsetting Burkina Faso 2-1 on Sunday night. Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana and Idrissa Halidou scored the crucial goals for the Menas, who will be hoping to advance through the group stage for the first time.

Niger coach Francois Zahoui will have been delighted with his team’s maturity and composure against the higher-ranked Stallions, but he will know that even further improvement is needed if they are to match Senegal, Ivory Coast and Benin in their tough group.

Senegal had a tough time securing their place in the last eight of the WAFU tournament, as they were held goalless by Liberia in their first round knockout tie, before edging the Lone Stars 5-4 on penalties.

Teranga Lions coach Moustapha Seck shrugged off the unconvincing triumph over a lower-ranked opponent, insisting that his team is ready to “pounce” and is “taking the games step-by-step”.

Senegal and Niger have met in eight previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Teranga Lions have claimed six wins - compared to just one for the Menas - and outscored their opponents 13 goals to five in the process.

NIGER v SENEGAL

Niger v Senegal, head-to-head

Matches played 8
Niger wins 1
Senegal wins 6
Draws 1
Niger goals 5
Senegal goals 13

Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal

Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal
Dela Sakou Souleymane of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 18:56

An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)
Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

Starting Lineup

Senegal : Oumar Elimane, Ablaye Diene, Matar Kante, Alassane Ndao, Mohamed Kane, Amadou Dia Ndiaye, Assane Mbodj, Pape Diatta Ndiaye, Jean Remi Bocande, Sidy Bara Diop, Mamadou El Fadel Barry

Niger : Daouda Kassaly, Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar, Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar, Idrissa Garba Halidou, Boureima Katkore Abdoulaye, Mahamadou Salamoun Souley, Yusif Moussa Daouda, David Daogo Lebne, Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien, Dela Sakou Souleymane, Kofi Dankwae

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
29' Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (Niger) scores!
45' Senegal: Daouda Gueye Dieme replaces Sidy Bara Diop
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
49' Senegal: Moussa Marone replaces Alassane Ndao
56' Niger: Moussa Amadou Soumana replaces Yusif Moussa Daouda
58' Daouda Kassaly (Niger) is cautioned.
61' Assane Mbodj (Senegal) scores!
71' Niger: Issoufou Hinsa replaces Dela Sakou Souleymane
72' Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar (Niger) is cautioned.
77' Senegal: Moussa Kalilou Djitte replaces Amadou Dia Ndiaye
79' Niger: Khaido Kantou Assadeh replaces Idrissa Garba Halidou
88' Issoufou Hinsa (Niger) scores!
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
SENEGAL GOALS NIGER GOALS
Assane Mbodj (61') Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (29')
Issoufou Hinsa (88')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
SENEGAL STARTING LINEUP NIGER STARTING LINEUP
Defender
6
Goalkeeper
58'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
49'
0
Midfielder
77'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
61'
0
Midfielder
71'
0
Midfielder
0
0
Midfielder
79'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
56'
0
Midfielder
45'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Daouda Gueye Dieme
Midfielder
45'
0
Moussa Amadou Soumana
Midfielder
56'
0
Moussa Marone
Midfielder
49'
0
Issoufou Hinsa
Midfielder
71'
0
Moussa Kalilou Djitte
Midfielder
77'
0
Khaido Kantou Assadeh
Midfielder
79'
0
CARDS
Daouda Kassaly
Goalkeeper
58'
0
Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar
Midfielder
72'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury