07.09.2015 22:23 h

Africa Games: Bidimbou brace gives Congo football win

Kader Bidimbou bagged a brace as hosts Congo Brazzaville made a successful start to the 2015 All-Africa Games football tournament by edging Sudan 2-1 Monday.

The other opening-round Group A match was equally close with Burkina Faso scoring midway through the second half for a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe.

After a tournament-opening 0-0 Group B stalemate between title-holders Ghana and Senegal Sunday, Bidimbou scored the first goal of the quadrennial multi-sport African festival within the first minute.

Walaa Mohamed levelled for All-Africa Games football debutants Sudan only for Bidimbou to snatch the match-winner three minutes before half-time.

Congo Brazzaville staged and won the first All-Africa Games football tournament 50 years ago, winning the final against Mali 7-1 on corners after a goalless draw.

Sydney Mohamed Sylla was the Burkina Faso match-winner, claiming the only goal after 63 minutes for a nation who upset Ivory Coast to reach Brazzaville.

Football action resumes Wednesday with a Group B fixture between arch-rivals Ghana and Nigeria, who are considered strong contenders for the gold medals.