By Amosu Adeboye –
Emmanuel Amuneke’s Tanzania fell to 2-0 defeat against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in their Group C encounter at the 30 June Air Defence Stadium, Cairo on Sunday evening.
The Taifa Stars playing in the competition for the first since the 1980 edition hosted by Nigeria were totally dominated by the West Africans who missed their talisman Sadio Mane due to suspension.
Senegal started the game brightly but were let down by their profligacy in front of goal.
They finally took the lead in the 28th minute through Keita Balde following a pass from Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Aliou Cisse’s men further pinned the Taifa Stars back after the goal but were unable to add to their advantage before the half time break.
The game continued in the same pattern after the break with Tanzania defending deep and the Senegalese dominating possession.
Krepin Diatta made the points save for Senegal when he scored the second goal in the 68th minute.
Tanzania will face East African rivals, Harambee Stars of Kenya in their next game on Thursday, while Senegal will be against the Desert Foxes of Algeria