Sadio Mane bullishly predicts Senegal will reach AFCON final

‘Unfortunately I can’t play against two teams in the final’: Sadio Mane teases Liverpool team-mates Mo Salah and Naby Keita as he bullishly predicts his Senegal side will go all the way at AFCON and wishes the pair luck with Egypt and Guinea

  • Liverpool star Sadio Mane feels his Senegal side will reach the final of AFCON 
  • He released a video wishing luck to Reds team-mates Mo Salah and Naby Keita 
  • Mane said he can’t play against two teams in the final’ of the competition
  • Salah will feature for Egypt at AFCON while Keita will turn out for Guinea  

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has teased his club team-mates Mo Salah and Naby Keita as he prepares to start his Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Senegal, claiming: ‘I can’t play against two teams in the final’.

AFCON has already kicked off, with Cameroon starting the tournament opener by beating Burkina Faso 2-1, with Mane’s Senegal set to play their first match against Zimbabwe today.

Mane decided to release a video on social media ahead of their tournament opener bullishly claiming his side would reach the final, as he wished Salah and Keita good luck with Egypt and Guinea respectively.

Sadio Mane teased his Liverpool team-mates Mo Salah and Naby Keita ahead of AFCON

He said his Senegal side couldn’t play two teams in the final as he wished them luck with Egypt and Guinea at the tournament 

The forward, who will face Keita’s Guinea in Senegal’s second group stage clash on January 14, said: ‘I have a special message for my good friends… Naby Keita and Mo Salah. 

‘Unfortunately I can’t play against two teams in the final, so I have to play against one.’ He predicted Senegal would beat one of the teams 1-0 in the final, adding: ‘I want to say good luck to all of you, I’ll see you soon.’

Mane and Salah are both seen as the two top players at AFCON this month, and as a result both Senegal and Egypt are seen as the two favourites to lift the trophy.

While Mane might be confident in his team’s chances at the tournament, it hasn’t been the best starts for Senegal in Cameroon after being hit by a Covid outbreak.

Mane and Salah are set to be the most high profile stars at Cameroon this month 

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has become the latest player ruled out of their tournament opener against Zimbabwe on Monday, joining Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Alanyaspor striker Famara Diedhiou.

Senegal now have eight players who have tested positive for Covid, with Saliou Ciss, Bamba Dieng, Mame Baba Thiam, Pape Matar Sarr, Alfred Gomis and Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy having to remain in Senegal ahead of this game after also returning positive tests. 

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse described the situation as ‘difficult’, but said the squad are still confident of beating Zimbabwe with a depleted side.

He said: ‘It’s a difficult and complicated situation. But we are going to be competitive and those there are going to play for those who are absent.

‘We are still going into the game against Zimbabwe full of confidence.’ 

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