AFCON 2023: Senegal roar to victory over Gambia in group opener

 Reigning champions of the To­talEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Teranga Lions of Senegal, opened their title defence campaign with an emphatic 3-0 win over the Scorpions of The Gambia at Yamoussoukro’s Stade Charles Konan Banny, thanks to a Pape Gueye early strike that was accompanied by a Lamine Camara second half brace.

The Scorpions, who were quarter-finalists in the last edition, were outclassed by the reigning champions who dismantled them with the early goal by Gueye following a Sadio Mane’s assist.

Sadio Mane - provided as assist for the opener
Sadio Mane – provided as assist for the opener

The Gambia tried re-grouping and fight­ing their way back into the match but were met by a resolute and disciplined Senegalese defense.

Things got worse for the scorpions when Ebrima Adams was sent off for an early shower after a vicious tackle on the young Lamine Camara just before the break.

Returning from recess, the reigning cham­pions continued their dominance, giving the Scorpions zero chances of a comeback, who were a man down.

A brace by the young sensation, Camara, which included a peach of a strike from the edge of the box that found its way into the top corner saw the Lions of Teranga roar into a 3-0 victory to go top of Group C and send a clear message of intent to their opponents.

Up next for the defending champions is a mouth-watering tie against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Friday