African Games 2023: Uganda upsets Nigeria, Senegal secures win


In a stunning turn of events at the African Games’ men’s football competition opener in Accra, Uganda shocked powerhouse Nigeria with a 2-1 victory in Group B.

Despite Nigeria’s Sadiq Muhammad equalizing in the 37th minute after Kiza Usama’s opener for Uganda in the 33rd, Ivan Irinibabazi’s strike in the 81st secured Uganda’s unexpected triumph, sending fans into a frenzy.

Meanwhile, former champions Senegal edged out South Sudan 1-0 in a tightly contested match. Mamadou Lamine Sadio’s first-half goal sealed the win for Senegal, demonstrating their experience and prowess in continental competitions.

For South Sudan, it marked their debut in the African Games’ football competition, while Senegal, with a rich history in the tournament, showcased their credentials under the guidance of coach Serigne Saliou Dia, who led them to victory in the U17 World Cup.

The victory puts Senegal on track for further success in the tournament as they seek to add to their impressive record.

Excitement builds for upcoming fixtures, with Nigeria set to take on South Sudan and Uganda gearing up for a showdown against Senegal. The action continues to unfold in Accra, with host nation Ghana facing Congo and Gambia battling Benin, promising fans more thrilling footballing encounters at the African Games.

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