A game Uganda display was insufficient in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Round of 16 clash, as Sadio Mane’s lone goal was enough to send Senegal through.
The opening period was dominated by a number of fouls, notably by Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who charged out of his area and cut down Ismaila Sarr on the edge of the area.
Senegal, however, got the first sight of goal, and they made it count. Seizing on a lax square ball in midfield, the Teranga Lions broke, and Mbaye Niang played in Liverpool man Mane, who buried his finish in the bottom corner to take his AFCON goals tally to three.
Uganda posed a threat on set-pieces: Emmanuel Okwi twice got up well for deliveries from Farouk Miya, but was unable to direct the headers properly.
Things threatened to go from bad to worse for the Cranes in the second half, as Murushid Juuko’s pass across the top of the box was pounced upon by Mane who raced through, rounded Onyango and was then brought down inside the box.
The experienced goalkeeper redeemed himself though, plunging down to his left to parry Mane’s kick and deny the forward a brace.
Yet again, Uganda’s main avenue was set-pieces, as Timothy Awany’s free-kick from distance drew a fine save from Alfred Gomis. They would, however, fail to pick a path through an organized Teranga Lions defence.
Pre-tournament favourites Senegal advance to the quarter-finals, where they will face Benin.