Pressure remains on Nigeria as Egypt loses to Russia
By Tasie Theodore
Thanks to 37th and 60th minute goals, Senegal on Tuesday literally saved Africa’s face as it secured the first win in the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup for the continent of Africa in a match that ended with a 2-1 goals tally.
One of the star drivers of the Teranga Lions victory was the side’s captain and team libero, the irrepressible Liverpool FC star, Sadio Mane.
And for good measure, the nation’s President, Macky Sall, was at the stadium to savour first-hand his country’s victory.
The other African teams – Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt – are yet to record any win in the keenly contested tournament this far.
Indeed, things got a little more problematic for the continent on Tuesday also when the better-fancied Egypt lost 1-3 to hosts Russia. With this result, the Russians with 6 points and 8 goals may have presently picked up a qualifying spot in the Round of 16 from their Group.
With this development, the heat has also returned to Nigeria as the Super Eagles prepare to take on Iceland on Friday in their second Group tie encounter.
The Eagles had lost 0-2 to Croatia in their first match played at the weekend even as the Atlas Lions of Tunisia had also been beaten 2-1 by England.
Another African hopeful, Morocco, which suffered a disappointing last minute loss in their first match, face an uphill task Wednesday as they take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s scorpion-stung Portuguese side.
The team from Portugal was held to a 3-3 draw by an equally ambitious Spanish side, despite Ronaldo literally over-reaching himself to score all three of his team’s goals in that very testy encounter.
Teranga Lions Captain and team libero, Sadio Mane