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By ESPN Staff

Kessie penalty helps Ivory Coast to AFCON qualifying win over Niger

Ivory Coast squeaked by Niger on Saturday.

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie scored a second-half penalty as Ivory Coast laboured to a 1-0 victory over Niger in their opening 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group K qualifier in Abidjan on Saturday.

It was the second spot-kick of the game for the home side, after Max Gradel missed a first-half chance from 12 yards having argued furiously with Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe over who would take the kick.

Pepe won the first penalty when he was felled in the box and wanted to take it, but had the ball...

Liberia edge Niger to reach WAFU Cup Plate semis

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Liberia took down Niger 1-0 in the WAFU plate competition. To watch WAFU Cup of Nations, sign up for ESPN+.

Liberia beat Niger 1-0 in the Plate quarterfinals of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal on Sunday.

It was an exciting start to the game with Niger winning a penalty in the eighth minute after Idrissa Halidou was pulled down inside the box by goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh.

Halidou stepped up to take his own spot-kick, but saw his weak attempt saved by Jalloh.

In the 15th minute Goumey Boubacar almost scored for Niger when a well-worked passing move saw him in space...

Mali beat Niger to reach WAFU Cup quarters

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Mali found the net early and often as they defeated Niger 3-0 to advance to the Cup quarterfinals. To watch WAFU Cup of Nations, subscribe to ESPN+.

Mali produced a mouth-watering performance as they beat Niger 3-1 in game five of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal on Monday.

Ironically, it was almost the perfect start for Niger with Victorien Adebayor breaking through on goal in the opening minute, but he struck the side-netting with just the keeper to beat.

A minute later Mali were gifted a chance to take the lead when Mamaye Coulibaly was pulled down inside the box by Souley Salamoun Mahamadou and the...