Zimbabwe’s Warriors put up a serious battle to prevent favourites Senegal from scoring until the dying seconds of the opening AFCON Group B match when they gave away a penalty which Liverpool’s Sadio Manè scored.
Just when everyone in the Bafoussam Stadium thought the fixture was headed for a goalless draw, Zimbabwe midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe handled the ball inside the box while trying to block a Senegal shot.
The referee from South America Mario Escobar pointed to the spot. VAR confirmed the decision even though the handball was way after the added time.
The call was so late the game could hardly restart after the penalty was scored.
Until the penalty, the Lions of Teranga looked a pale shadow of themselves considering they were the Group B favourites.
For most of the game dangerman Mane didn’t get a sniff at goal as Zimbabwe led by captain Knowledge Musona defended doggedly.
The unconvincing 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe gives Senegal three points to lead Group B.
Senegal were without their Chelsea superstar goalkeeper Édouard Mendy who tested Positive for Covid-19.