Africa Cup of Nations favourites, Senegal, failed to live up to its pre-tournament rating as the Terenga Lions crashed out of the ongoing tournament on Wednesday night having slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of co-host Equatorial Guinea.
The win by Equatorial Guinea secured them a place in the quarterfinals of Africa’s biggest football competition; a feat many analysts never gave them a chance of achieving.
For Senegal, who also lost their first game by the same margin, dreams of making it into the next round of the competition is already over, not to talk of hopes of lifting the coveted trophy.
Moussa Sow’s 89th minute strike for Senegal cancelled out Iban Randy’s 62nd minute opener, but David Alvarez’s 94th minute scorcher ended Senegal’s dream as the co-host coasted to a famous 2-1 win over the former African champions.
This crucial Group A clash was dominated by Senegal from the primary stages, with Issiar Dia causing a few nervous moments with his great display on the night.
The co-host were reliant on their 12th man, the crowd, who turned out in numbers to support their team.
While many Senegalese will be ruing this early exit, it will be some sort of celebration amongst Newcastle United FC fans as their two strikers; Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be returning to the club at an earlier date than expected. Senegal still have a third group game to play on Sunday, so it is doubtful that they would be able to return for the Magpies’ league match at Ewood Park in Blackburn two days later. However, they should be ready to go for the February 5 clash with Aston Villa on Tyneside.