YAOUNDE, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Senegal's Sadio Mane scored a 97th-minute penalty to secure a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe to begin their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Cameroon's city of Bafoussam on Monday.
Played at the Chinese-constructed Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium, the opening game in Group B looked set to end in a draw, as Mane and his teammates were certainly not living up to their billing as one of the tournament favorites despite their host of chances.
But when it seemed as though Senegal, who missed eight players due to injury and COVID-19, would have to settle for a point, a handball decision was given against Zimbabwean defender Kelvin Madzongwe and he received a yellow card after blocking a shot on goal.
Mane converted the penalty in the 97th minute to secure three important points for Senegal.
Guinea and Malawi, the other two teams in Group B, will clash on Tuesday in the 24-team tournament that will end on February 6.