AFCON 2021: Senegal Qualifies for Last 16, Malawi Awaits Other Results to Know Their Fate

AFCON 2021: Senegal Qualifies for Last 16, Malawi Awaits Other Results to Know Their Fate

Keba Mothoagae
January 18, 2022 at 6:32 PM
  • Senegal and Malawi played out a 0-0 draw at the Kouekong Stadium, confirming the Lions of Teranaga's qualification to the knockout stages
  • Malawi will have to wait on other results from tonight until Thursday, as they are finely placed as one of the third-placed teams with a chance to go through
  • Guinea surprisingly lost to Zimbabwe in the other simultaneous match in Group B, which was enough to see them through to the next stage

Senegal and Malawi played out a tame 0-0 draw in a Group B match at the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Coming into the match, Senegal needed either a draw or a win to qualify for the last 16 of the competition in the encounter hosted by the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam. Malawi was in a less comfortable position, requiring a win to qualify outright, though a draw would put them in the lot of the best teams to finish in third place.

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Malawi and Senegal played out a 0-0 draw, confirming Senegal's place in the knockout stages, while Malawi has to endure a tense wait. Image source: Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images
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The Lions of Teranga, the number one team on the continent going into the tournament, continued to flatter to deceive in their bid to win the country's first men's senior continental title. Star Liverpool striker Sadio Mane will need to find his scoring boots soon, as he has only scored a penalty thus far in the competition.

Malawi will be sweating on other results between tonight and Thursday, to see where they will finish among the best of the rest. The Flames are looking to qualify to the knockout stages for the first time in their third foray in the tournament.

Zimbabwe beats Guinea 2–1 in Group B, Warriors end their campaign in style

Zimbabwe went into their Group B clash with Guinea knowing that they would finish bottom of the group no matter what the outcome, but no one seemed to have told them that as they beat their more fancied opponents, 2-1.

As reported on Sports Brief, Zimbabwe made nine changes to the team that lost to Malawi as coach Norman Mapeza decided to give everyone a chance to compete in the tournament.

Despite the numerous changes, the Warriors played like a team fighting for their place in the competition and took a 2-0 lead going into half-time.

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