Senegal halted the celebrations for the Uganda Cranes on Sunday, after the Lions of Teranga beat Liberia 2-0 to return to the top of Group J in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
After the Cranes’ impressive 2-1 win over Angola a day before had taken them top of the Group with 8 points, but Senegal’s win means the West Africans have restored their one-point advantage as the two sides prepare for a face-off in September.
Newcastle United’s PapissDembaCisse scored twice to effectively end the Liberians chances of making it to the next stage of the qualification. Cisse netted his first from the spot in the 19th minute after he was chopped in the danger area by Vienna-based Lone Stars defender Alex Karmo.
Karmo must have been lucky to continue that match because Cisse had only goalie Nathaniel Sherman to beat.
After the break, Cisse replicated some of his premier league goal-scoring instincts in Monrovia when he lobbed unto a loosed ball made available by Lamine Gassama in the 60th minute against the run of play.
This means the Uganda Cranes still have a mountain to climb after the drama on Saturday at Namboole. Late goals by Etoile Du Sahel striker Emmanuel Okwi and Tony Mawejje had helped Uganda Cranes come from behind to beat 10-man Angola 2-1.
After several missed chances in the first half by both sides, the two teams came back charged after recess. But the Angola’s Palancas Negras looked more determined and took the lead in the 57th minute.
Ricardo Estevas Job curved the ball past Robert Odonkara to make it 1-0. The goal silenced the over 40,000 local fans. The Cranes went on the back-foot as the Angola team dominated play.
The equalizer did not come until the 83rd minute when Okwi’s in-swing was miss-timed by the Angolan goalkeeper.
Tony Mawejje, who also scored in the 1-0 win over Liberia a week earlier, netted a late winner in the 86th minute moments after Angola defender Fabricio Matuta had been sent-off.
The jubilant Cranes hoped Liberia would get a result against Senegal. Now Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has to plot how to beat Senegal in West Africa.