Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse was full of praise for his players especially after picking victory in a difficult hunting ground against Mozambique.
The defending champions qualified for the defence of their title after edging out Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo.
The Mozambican Mambas had shown an improved performance from their 5-1 defeat last week away from home, but still, the Lions of Teranga were stronger than them.
“Not many teams have come here and won. Senegal has often left unhappy from Mozambique but today, we are really happy with our performance. We are very satisfied. We had come to seek for qualification and we achieved it,” said Cisse.
“I congratulate my players. Their mental strength is magnificent.”
Cisse has added on that he will use the last two matches of the qualifiers to rotate the squad and give more players a chance to prove their worth ahead of the tournament.
Senegal have moved to 12 points with four straight wins, while Mozambique remain second on four points, two ahead of Rwanda who face Benin on Wednesday.
Boulaye Dia scored the lone goal for the Teranga Lions in the 18th minute, finishing off a Sadio Mane pass.
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