Sadio Mane of Senegal at the assault withinside the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying in shape in opposition to Benin held at Stade Olympique de Diamniadio in Diamniadio,Senegal on June four 2022. Image: BackpagePix Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Senegal made a a hit begin to the defence in their Africa Cup of Nations crown with a 3-1 domestic victory over Benin on Saturday of their first qualifier for the following finals in 2023.
Mane, whose membership destiny is doubtful after he advised to journalists on Friday he is probably leaving Liverpool, netted consequences in his hat-trick as Senegal made mild paintings in their site visitors withinside the Group L encounter.Mali thrashed Congo four-zero in Bamako in a triumphing debut for brand new train Eric Sekou Chelle whilst Algeria, Gambia and Mauritania have been additionally winners on a hectic Saturday programme of qualifiers for the following finals withinside the Ivory Coast.
Algeria received 2-zero at domestic in opposition to Uganda with a fortuitous intention off the chest of fullback Aissa Mandi that became accompanied with the aid of using a mazy man or woman attempt from Youcef Belaili for the 2nd.Mane had teased on the prematch information convention that he might be leaving Liverpool, brought to developing hypothesis approximately a pass farfar from Anfield, however placed all of that in the back of him as he led Senegal to a snug win, made less complicated while Benin had Sessi D’Almeida despatched off early withinside the 2nd half. But the site visitors did manipulate a overdue comfort from alternative Junior Olaitan.
El Bilal Toure scored two times for Mali, who narrowly overlooked out on World Cup qualification in March, as they took early command of Group G, becoming a member of Gambia on 3 factors. Belgian-primarily based totally Abdoulie Jallow scored the game’s handiest intention as Gambia, marvel quarterfinalists on the finals in Cameroon in advance this year, beat South Sudan 1-zero withinside the different organization game.Striker Aboubakar Kamara scored two times for Mauritania as they received 3-zero at domestic to Sudan in Group I. Namibia’s Peter Shalulile scored an early intention in opposition to Burundi however they gave up a overdue equaliser in a 1-1 draw whilst Tanzania took a first-minute lead away in opposition to Niger however additionally ended up sharing the factors in a 1-1 draw.
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