Senegal’s Teranga Lions, Africa best rated side on FIFA ranking, have been the first among the favourites to have comprehensively won an opening match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-0 defeat of Tanzania.
An so, Tanzania, in their second ever participation in the Africa Cup of Nations still have to wait again after 39 years to win a match.
They lost two of their three matches in 1980 and drew 1-1 with Cote d’Ivoire.
On Sunday, the odds weighed heavily against them despite Senegal not having their most celebrated striker Sadio Mane.
Senegal all the same put in a goal in each half to take a comfortable win into their next match.
Midfielder Krepin Diatta’s screamer added on to Keita Balde’s first half opener was enough as Senegal to begin their hunt for a first African title.
They dominated the game from beginning to the end. Balde opened the scoring after 27 minutes, striking a low shot from the right that evaded Tanzania keeper Aishi Manula’s grasp.
Senegal were rewarded with a goal after dictating much of the play and should have gone to the break at least three goals up.
Manula was called into an early save in the third minute to deny Mbaye Niang after Tanzania had lost the ball in midfield and play quickly launched into their box.
Niang had another chance in the sixth minute when he was played through on goal, but hit the side netting.