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Senegal ease past Tanzania for Afcon victory

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Senegal made light of the absence of suspended forward Sadio Mane to dispatch Tanzania with a convincing 2-0 win in their opening Africa Cup of Nations match on Sunday.

Keita Balde put them ahead in the first half and Krepin Diatta rifled a shot through a crowd of players for the second just after the hour to confirm Senegal's dominance in the Group C match.

Seen as one of the teams most likely to challenge hosts and favourites Egypt for the title, Senegal were too strong and fast for Tanzania who...

Senegal coach not worried about Mane's absence for Afcon opener

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is not concerned about the absence of talisman Sadio Mane when his team kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Tanzania in Cairo on Sunday. 


Mane is suspended after an accumulation of cautions in the qualifiers, and is only available from Senegal's second game in Group C of the tournament in Egypt. 


"We would have preferred to have him playing. He is our best player, but we have players to make up for his absence," said Cisse.

The coach also...

2019 Africa Cup of Nations ultimate preview: Salah, Mane & Co. ready to put on a show

The sense in recent years has been that, whenever African football takes a step forward, it quickly takes two back. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was a watchable, enjoyable tournament that was settled in thrilling style and showcased the best of what the continent has to offer. In 2018, that reputation took a hit as none of Africa's five representatives made it out of the World Cup's group stage.

The prevailing cliche is that without any truly world-class side, standards in Africa don't come...

Afcon Power Rankings: Who can challenge Mohamed Salah's Egypt?

Who are the favourites to win the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and which teams face an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage in Egypt.

Ahead of the big kick-off on June 21, here's ESPN's Power Ranking for all 24 Afcon qualifiers, delivered, in time-honoured fashion, in reverse chronological order.

24. NAMIBIA

A recent 1-0 friendly victory over Ghana has offered some hope that Namibia can trouble the big boys, but they'll need more than that after being pitted alongside South...