Watch Senegal boss Aliou Cisse reflect on his own AFCON nightmare before Friday's final

David Cooper - Writer 11:05 19/07/2019
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Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse spoke before the final match of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 against Algeria that will be played Friday (23:00 UAE) in Cairo International Stadium.

Senegal have reached the AFCON final once, in 2002 – the year of that World Cup run – but lost the final on penalties to Cameroon.

Cisse, their current head coach, missed the decisive penalty that day.

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Odion Ighalo earns third spot for Nigeria at Africa Cup of Nations

Press Association Sport 08:45 18/07/2019
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Odion Ighalo’s early strike earned Nigeria third spot at the Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-0 win over Tunisia.

The former Watford forward scored in the third minute as the Super Eagles won at Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday.

It was his fifth goal of the tournament and he is the competition’s top scorer ahead of Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal.

Nigeria have finished third eight times and have won the trophy three times, the last coming in 2013.

Ighalo cashed in on a defensive error when he stabbed in from two yards after goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia spilled Jamilu Collins’ cross and it hit defender Yassine Meriah.

It proved to be the winner as Ferjani Sassi and Ghailene Chaalali missed decent chances for Tunisia.

Cherifia also needed to thwart Samuel Chukwueze in the 63rd minute and he stopped Samuel Kalu making it 2-0 when he saved his late free-kick.

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See Senegal forward Sada Thioub hail 'mental strength' ahead of AFCON semi-final

David Cooper - Writer 13:30 13/07/2019
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Senegal trained on Friday as they prepared to take on Tunisia in the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at 30 June Stadium in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Teranga Lions secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Benin to book their place in the last four for the first time in 13 years.

Senegal have never won the AFCON, with their best performance coming in 2002 where they finished as runners-up to Cameroon.

Their striker Sada Thioub reflects on the test ahead in the video above:










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