Senegal beats Guinea-Bissau (1-0) and qualifies for the second round

Senegal beats Guinea-Bissau (1-0) and qualifies for the second round
Senegal beats Guinea-Bissau (1-0) and qualifies for the second round

For the second day of Group A of the UFOA tournament, reserved for women’s selections in zone A under 20, Senegal triumphed 1-0 against Guinea-Bissau in Thiès. Thanks to this second consecutive success, the Lionesses not only ensure their qualification for the second round, but also first place in their group, thus confirming their status as favorites.

However, it was Guinea-Bissau which started the meeting in a more enterprising manner. Twice, the Bissau-Guineans tried to take the advantage, but Senegalese goalkeeper Khady Fate responded, making important saves. The first real scare for Senegal came in the 10th minute, after a quick counter-attack led by Adji Ndiaye. The Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper conceded a dangerous free kick following a foul outside the area. Adama Sané, in charge of execution, saw his powerful shot hit the crossbar, narrowly missing opening the scoring.

Senegal finally found the fault in the 15th minute. Khadija Badio delivered a precise through ball to Adji Ndiaye, who controlled the ball with finesse. Skillfully dribbling the Guinea-Bissau defender, she then crossed perfectly for Kande, who only had to push the ball into the back of the net to give the Senegalese team the advantage. Despite this goal, the Bissau-Guineans did not give up and sought to equalize. Their efforts notably resulted in several threatening corners, but Khady Fate, although hesitant at times, managed to protect her goal. At halftime, the score remained 1-0 in favor of Senegal.

Unlike the start of the first half where the Senegalese were pushed back a lot, it was the Lionesses who led the way from the start of the second half. Dominating the duels in the midfield, notably thanks to the entry of Sokhna Pene in place of Khadija Badio who gave up her place at the break, Senegal shines in the game and seeks to make the break.

The Senegalese attacking trio, led by the excellent Adji Ndiaye, Marie Ndiaye and Juliette Kalamo, created misery for the Guinea-Bissau defense, even if they failed to score despite the entries of Adama Siga Diouf. The match ended with a 1-0 victory, enough to send Mbayang Diouf’s girls to the second round of the 2024 edition of the UFOA tournament. They also ensured to finish in first place in group A, thanks to the draw between Gambia and Mauritania (1-1).

Wolymata Ndiaye, waist reinforcement

Wolimata Ndiaye, a Senegalese international accustomed to the A selection and having participated in the qualifiers for the women’s CAN, was a major reinforcement. Marking her team’s first outing resulting in a victory against Gambia, the resident of Thonon Évian in France immediately took her place in the starting lineup and was given the captain’s armband, replacing Oumy Thiandoum in the central hinge. His presence was instrumental in guiding the team and maintaining a solid defense.

wiwsport.com

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