The Eagles will play the first leg of the play-offs at home

Following an inspection mission carried out last Friday (February 4, 2022), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved the Stade du 26 Mars de Yirimadio. The major works carried out by the government which have completely renovated this stadium built for the CAN « Mali 2022 ».

This decision by CAF is very good news for the Malian sports public because we will now be hosting the first leg of the play-offs (eliminatory) of the « Qatar 2022 » World Cup at the Stade du 26 Mars in Yirimadio. This is the Mali-Tunisia opposition next March.

Final of the CAN « CAMEROON 2021 »: Sacred Senegal at the end of perseverance

Never two without three, says a belief. But once is not custom. It has just been denied by The Teranga Lions of Senegal who, after two disappointments in 2002 and 2019, were crowned African champions after their 3rd final. It was last Sunday (February 6, 2022) in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The « curse » is finally overcome by perseverance.

Senegal-Egypt! This was the poster for the final of the 33rd final phase of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) football in Cameroon (January 9-February 6, 2022). A duel between the two stars of Liverpool FC (England), Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. The first had the opportunity to stand out from the kick-off through a penalty whistled in the 3rd minute. But his heavy strike is blocked by the doorman of the Pharaohs. The two selections then played a very tactical game by trying to trap each other without giving themselves up.

It is therefore no surprise that the 90 minutes are completed with a goalless draw of 0-0. Just like the 30 minutes of extra time. Finally, it is after the penalty shootout (4-2) that Senegal offers itself a first continental crown after two disappointments (lost finals) against Cameroon in 2002 in Bamako and against Algeria in 2019 in Cairo. . Last shooter, Sadio Mané did not shake this time. He was also named « Best Player » of the competition while the « Golden Shoe » for top scorer went to Vincent Aboubacar of Cameroon (3rd in CAN ahead of Burkina Faso) with 8 goals. As for Edward Mendy from Senegal, he was voted ‘Best Goalkeeper’.

Egypt was not unworthy for who knows that, from the round of 16 to the final last Sunday (February 6, 2022), the Pharaohs each time played 120 minutes before winning. This final is the first of three important matches between these two selections. Indeed, next March, The Lions and The Pharaohs will face each other in the round trip of the play-offs for the qualifying rounds of the “Qatar 2022” World Cup. And this victory is undoubtedly a psychological advantage for The Lions of Teranga over The Pharaohs of the Nile.

In the meantime, congratulations to Senegal, the 15th country to win the most prestigious trophy in African football. And that at the cost of perseverance. The performance is generally a long-term work. Like those leading to deserved success, the path has been very difficult. And coach Aliou Cissé has been much criticized for his choices (staff and game patterns). He had even come under heavy fire from the Senegalese press at the start of this CAN. His selection was criticized for his lack of efficiency. But, convinced of the relevance of his choices, the ex-captain of the Lions stood up to these criticisms. And with the strong support of the Senegalese Football Federation.

And no doubt that if he had allowed himself to be influenced in his choices, Senegal would once again have missed out on consecration. By dint of persevering, by questioning themselves without denying the gains, the Lions of Teranga have finally arrived at the top of Africa!

Moussa Bolly

Source: The Morning

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