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Soccer News of Monday, 7 February 2022


Congratulations Senegal - Eguavoen reacts to AFCON 2021 triumph

Senegal are African champions for the first time in their history Senegal are African champions for the first time in their history

Former Super Eagles players, Sunday Oliseh and Augustine Eguavoen have congratulated Senegal after the Lions of Teranga clinched their first-ever AFCON title following a penalty shoot-out win against Egypt on Sunday, February 6.

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane missed a penalty in the early part of the game but dispatched the winning kick that handed Senegal a much-deserved victory over Mohamed Salah and Egypt.

After 52 games played, 100 goals scored, and 22 teams sent home, the final of Cameroon 2021 pitted seven-time champions Egypt against 2019 runners-up Senegal.

Reacting to Senegal's victory, 1994 Afcon-winning midfielder Oliseh said he was excited at what he witnessed at the tournament.

He tweeted after the game: “Sadio Mané leads “superb” Senegal to win arguably, the most qualitative AFCON in the past 20 years in terms of Tactics, passion, and surprises. African football has come of age !! I am excited…”

Eguavoen was also a member of the Eagles team that lifted the Nations Cup 28 years ago.

The former Gent defender, who led Super Eagles as interim head coach to Afcon 2021, has also congratulated the Teranga Lions.

“Congratulations, @FootballSenegal”

At the end of four weeks of beautiful football, Mane was crowned the best player of the tournament. Chelsea’s shot-stopper Édouard Mendy claimed the best goalkeeper gloves while Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar’s eight goals earned him the top scorer award.

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo was the leading goalscorer at the last edition in Egypt with five goals.

Senegal went unbeaten en route to Sunday’s final, with Aliou Cisse’s men finishing top of a Group B that included Guinea, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.