Senegal Coach Aliou Cisse has stated that the game against Uganda was a tough one after his side laboured to 1-0 win to reach the quarters.
Sadio Mane was put through on goal before bundling home and put the Lions of Terranga in an early lead in the 15th minute.
The Cranes put up a respected challenge, with Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi and Allan Kateregga all coming close to levelling matters before the West African side held on for the win.
“Uganda game was tough as there are no small teams anymore in Africa,” Senegalese coach Cisse said, as quoted by the CAF media team. “All teams can win and we have to be always ready.”
“We trust Sadio Mane much and he was one of the reasons we qualified today. He will remain number 1 for penalties. We have to prepare well for the next game. We are a team that looks for win whoever our opponent is.”
Cranes Captain and goalkeeper Denis Onyango kept out Mane’s penalty as Uganda tried to frustrate Cisse’s side.
Uganda had beaten up on two time Africa Cupnof nations winner 2-0 in their AFCON opener on their way to reach the first knockout since 1978.
Senegal will meet Benin who eliminated Morocco via penalty shootouts after the normal time had ended one all.