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Tears Of Joy In Zimbabwe Amidst Trouble As Their Football Team Win First AFCON Match Since 2006

Senegal were beaten 0-0 by Minute Malawi in Bafoussam on Tuesday despite the return of stars Edward Mendy, Calidou Coulibaly and Idrissa Guy but still won Group B of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). On a disappointing night, Guinea lost 2-1 to already eliminated Zimbabwe at Yaounde and qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to a better record than runners-up Malawi.

The brave Malawi finished third and will have to wait until Thursday to see if they are among the top four third-placed teams and qualify for the second round. Senegal come to AFCON as one of the favorites but have won just once in three games – through a Sadio Mane penalty.

Teranga Lions, runners-up to Algeria at the last AFCON in 2019, needed 97 minutes to beat Zimbabwe and were held back by world rankings Guinea and Malawi, 109 places behind. Malawi believed they should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when Buna Sar Gomezgani removed Chirva's shirt, but the referee disagreed after looking at the VAR monitor.

With Senegal looking to score in stoppage time, they brought on midfielder Pape Guy to replace the ineffective Bulae Dia. Gueye, who was banned by FIFA last week over his controversial transfer from Watford to Marseille, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won.

Chelsea's goalkeeper Mendy and Napoli defender Coulibaly missed the first two games, and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gaye missed the second due to Covid-19. Zimbabwe won at Africa's premier tournament for the first time since 2006 as they maintained a previously impressive win over Guinea.

Knowledge Monsoon's header and Kudakuasha Mahachi's shot gave them a two-goal lead in the first half, but it was cut short when Liverpool midfielder Nabi Keita scored in the 49th minute. The match was faced by Rwanda Salima Mukansanga, the first woman to do so in AFCON's 65-year history.

A statement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday said Mukansanga would referee the match with two assistants, Karine Atemzabong of Cameroon and Fatiha Jermumi of Morocco.

This is good news for Zimbabwean football as they making progees whilst South Africa didn't even make it to the AFCON Qualifiers.

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