Senegal’s national football team player Bouya Mbangue (C) vies for the ball with Libya’s Abdulaziz Berrish (left) and Abubaker Suiueinei (right), on Sunday in Bata, during their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations football match. AFP photo

Libya exited the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 consolation win over Senegal, who finished without a point.

Ihab Albusaifi struck in each half for the Libyans, the second a wonderful volley and worthy match winner.

Deme Ndiaye scored for Senegal but it was of little consolation as the Senegalese go home after three losses.
Libya’s win marked their first in the Nations Cup in 30 years, as they ended up third in Group A behind Zambia and Equatorial Guinea, with Senegal bottom. The Mediterranean Knights needed a win at the start of the game to have any hope of staying in the tournament, with Zambia and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea kicking off in Malabo at the same time.

Pre-tournament favourites Senegal, meanwhile, were looking to salvage some pride after losing their opening two games.

And the Libyans got off to the perfect start with Albusaifi prodding home with the outside of his boot, underneath Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye, after just five minutes.

Senegal, who looked sharper in their final group game, hit back just 11 minutes later.

Deme Ndiaye headed in captain Mamadou Niang’s corner off the inside of the woodwork, after rising highest at the near post.

The Senegalese forced another series of corners, looking to edge ahead through a further set-piece, but could not make the pressure count.

Meanwhile, Libya’s passing was found wanting as they tried to press forward but overcooked several balls aimed towards their front men.

The match also became very stop-start, with niggly fouls from both sides, as the two teams sought to edge ahead.
Moussa Sow came on for Senegalese captain Mamadou Niang, while Papiss Demba Cisse replaced Newcastle team-mate Demba Ba in attack.

But neither substitute could convert chances, with Cisse trying to chip Aboud from outside the box but floating it over, and Sow missing a good chance at the near post.

By Agencies

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