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Souare Scores As Senegal Succeed

30 March 2016

Pape Souare scored a fantastic free kick as Senegal edged closer to Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualification with a 2-1 win over Niger in Niamey last night.

The Palace left-back curled the set piece over the Nigeriens wall just before half time to double the lead established by Moussa Konate from a penalty, which had been won by Southampton forward Sadio Mane.

Niger responded in the second period and Victorien Adebayor managed to half the deficit with a spot kick of his own, but it wasn't enough to earn the home side anything from the game. 

Senegal have now won the first four of their six qualification group games, meaning they are almost guaranteed a place at AFCON 2017, which will take place in Gabon next years.

Yannick Bolasie and the Democratic Republic of Congo also enjoyed success in their quest for AFCON qualification. The Leopards beat Angola 2-0 in Luanda, having already recorded a 2-1 victory over them in Kinshasa three days earlier.

DR Congo now top Group B on nine points after four games and at this rate they are looking likely to secure a place at next year's tournament.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Adebayor and Togo were held to a goalless draw against Tunisia, who had beaten The Sparrow Hawks 1-0 in the striker's absence last week. The defeat leaves Togo third in Group A, level on seven points with Tunisia, but two adrift of Liberia at the top.

Yohan Cabaye was an unused substitute during Frances 4-2 humbling of Russia at the Stade de France. Premier League players N'Golo Kante of Leicester City and West Ham United's Dimitri Payet were on the score sheet, along with Andre-Pierre Gignac and Kingsley Coman as Les Bleus impressed ahead of hosting EURO 2016 this summer.

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