Senegal fans riot after Didier Drogba scores 2 goals

Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium

Two goals from Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba sparked a riot in Senegal on Saturday forcing the abandonment of the biggest African Nations Cup qualifier of the weekend after police fired tear gas in the stadium.

The trouble in Dakar overshadowed qualification for Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and holders Zambia who are all through to the finals in South Africa in January.

Drogba’s latest talismanic performance proved too much for the Senegal fans who invaded the pitch, threw objects and lit small fires in the packed stands after their team went 2-0 down and 6-2 behind on aggregate in the final round tie.

Police were forced to clear the away supporters to safety, leading many of them to the middle of the pitch, and then sent a vehicle on to the field to evacuate the match officials before the game was called off about 14 minutes from full time.

It is likely the Ivorians will be awarded the tie but there was no official confirmation on Saturday from the governing Confederation of African Football whose Cairo office was closed.

Senegalese policeman stands in front of Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogb

Striker Drogba’s free kick just after halftime extended the Ivorians’ two-goal lead from the first leg and then converted a 71st minute penalty which sparked the violence.

The riot, which highlighted the explosive nature of the African game, put a dampener on a day of excitement on the pitch across the continent with Zambia needing a penalty shootout win to ensure they can defend their crown at next year’s finals.

Twenty penalties

It took 20 penalty kicks before the Zambians edged Uganda 9-8 after they drew 1-1 on aggregate having lost the second leg of their final round qualifier 1-0 in Kampala.

Tunisia also scraped into the finals on away goals after being held 0-0 by modest Sierra Leone at home in Monastir, following a 2-2 draw in last month’s first leg.

Morocco’s Youssef Al Arabi scored five minutes from time, after earlier missing two gilt-edged chances, to give Morocco the decisive third goal in a 4-0 win over Mozambique in Marrakesh where they overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit.

But the tie was clouded in controversy with the turnaround coming just after the hour mark when Morocco were awarded a soft penalty that led to Mozambique captain Miro being sent off.

Ghana were first to qualify by beating Malawi 1-0 away in Lilongwe for a 3-0 aggregate triumph thanks to Afriyie Acquah’s debut goal. Mali went on the rampage with a 4-1 win over Botswana on the road in Lobatse to advance 7-1 on aggregate.

They were outdone by Nigeria, who thumped Liberia 6-1 in Calabar with the Chelsea pair Victor Moses (2) and John Obi Mikel (penalty) on the scoresheet. Nigeria scored inside a minute and swamped the visitors for an 8-3 aggregate triumph.

Eight second-leg ties will be played on Sunday to complete the 15 qualifiers for the Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 tournament. (Editing by Ken Ferris)

COMMENTS

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    Samba 5 years

    with kalaba or no kalaba Zambia chipolopolo r champions. now let the doubting thomas’s wait and possibly book tickets to S Africa and watch the bullets at bwork……as they remain champions. abakali bakali .. shani apo?

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    Mwilse 5 years

    Jst a thot no fact I feel Garbon was an error with the army there,we were both in tht we used military no clearance and well accidents do happen and tht report will never be released by both Governments

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    jinx 5 years

    Chipolopolo!!!!!!!!!!!!! here we come……Ivory Coast be aware!!!!

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    Let them fight, we far away. Anyway, Zambia scapped through by luck!!!!

    this is a wake up call. next time letr us prepare adquately, let us have the team together earlier, we going to defend the AFCON Cup. we need to polish up OUR strikers to kill off the Game early.
    I know we have become experts at penaulty saves and conversion but we need to kill of the game within 90minmutes to avoid lotaries.

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    KWAME NKRUMAH ( GHANA °) 5 years

    LOOSING TO A MAJOR FOOTBALL MATCH IS REALLY BAD WHEN ONE IS PLAYING AT HOME ..AS FOR WE GHANIANS,, WE HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED.. SOMETIMES
    I PITY FOR THE DEMBA BAS AND THE CISAYS..WHY DO THEY PLAY GOOD ABROAD AND DONT WANA HELP THEIR COUNTRY?- I MEAN Umm!! I DONT GET THAT.. IT SEEMS THE GHOST OF LAST YEARS AFCON IN ANGOLA HAS COME BACK AGIAN TO HUNT THEM.. anyway,, GHANA BLACK STARS ARE GOING FOR THEIR AFCON FIFTH TITLE COMMING NEXT YEAR IN SOUTH AFRICA PERIOD..

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    musiyeni mu guyz osa mumenya. And F I FA must ban senegal for life

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    Captain D Drogba leading by example not our katongo.i think mweene derseves that arm band.as for the senegalese,let them join alqaida were such actions are supported

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    kencool 5 years

    Lasting dent play in that game. I think he was in a bad mood. He was better substituted

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    Didier Drogba is a man of consistency not Christopher Katongo, no consistency and undependable

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    All waste africans are danderheads,its becoz of the caf president that they enjoy supremacy. Corrupt and bitter.

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    Da Genius 5 years

    Dont demonise the senegalese coz you also rioted when diouf of senegal pieced your hearts with his goal.But am warning the senegalese not to lay their filthy hands on my man Didier Drogba otherwise they will face my wrath

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    Praiseworthy 5 years

    Hmmmmm! There were huge agreggates: No wonder we needed to go to penalties to have a 10-9 agreggate, isnt it? To show we are the champions…
    Now guys a win is a win, no matter how it comes. After all the laws are also are part of the game.

    But a word of caution to FAZ:
    We need more than one week to prepare for any game (remove travel days, we prepared for 2 days ka?. That does not help in building coherence in the team.

    To CAF:
    Can we move the AFCON to mid year so that the European based players are on break? The current trend deprives the African teams of the best use of their players: just one week to blend in , acclimatise etc? That’s not good enough.

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    bashi mumbi 5 years

    Efyo tu bo mina naifwe kubulangililo(kitwe)

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    RULING CLASS 5 years

    Senegalise are just bitter

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    Chi 5 years

    OK as CAF, we have charged Senegal us$11,000 and we give Togo 6 goals to make it 12 -O

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    Fabian 5 years

    Tnk God those uncivilised senegalese did not hurt my didier drogba…

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    Mwanapoho Yensu 5 years

    @ Sweetie, we must define concepts for us all to understand one another. When you say will we ever achieve civilization as Africa? Well, at what perspective are you discussing civilization? Of course, you may be right but try to bring out the context clearly. Otherwise, Senagalise supporters are MOST disgraceful i.diots of the game. We do not behave like that in ZED!!!!!

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    blago 5 years

    CAF should impose sanctions.

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    Bos O' 5 years

    Oooops

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    Waitaya 5 years

    CAF, like the mother body FIFA should fine Senegal and a possible ban for 2 years. This kind of thing should not be condoned.

    But on a technical poit of view, how does a coach(manager), at that level, employ a 4-2-4 formation when you need to defend and attack? This time and error!

    These guys are meesing up a team that could do wonders… A team any coach would dream of coaching. Any way, its their game. I wish I had coaching credentials.

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      Waitaya 5 years

      O, that was me, in the morning. I meant to say; “time and era” and “CAF should be as firm as FIFA is on such disciplinary issues”.

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    tony mukanda 5 years

    the senegalese are idiots.u forget that they killed our national soccer team in 1993?

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      Ulemona 5 years

      Imwe pls be honest, it was your government of kafupi that killed the team not the senesene

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        mwenso bob 5 years

        No one killed our team. Death comes unexpectedly. It was a sad tragidy and should not be brought in this light please

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    KAYB 5 years

    SOCIETY AND SPORTS! WHEN YOU WIN IT BRINGS UNITY BUT LOSIN BRINGS DIVISION!

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    KAYB 5 years

    SOCEITY AND SPORTS! WHEN YOU WIN IT BRINGS UNITY BUT LOSIN BRINGS DIVISION!

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    very uncivilised senegalise, it explains why theres war in west africa coz violence preceeds emotions. barbaric society it is indeed!

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    Ndjobvu Kaza 5 years

    SENEGALESE ARE VERY BAD LOSERS
    What a shame

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    sweetie 5 years

    Africa africa africa when will we ever achieve civilisation. We claim that old men from colonial days are clinging to power and yet we can’t show ability and maturity by behaving ourselves and showing civility. How pathetic and disgusting