Sadio Mane expressed his great happiness for holding the first African Cup of Nations in the history of his country, Senegal, at the expense of the Egyptian team led by his Liverpool teammate, Mohamed Salah, and revealed new details about the exciting match.
Senegal beat Egypt 4-2 in the final on penalties in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde on February 6, to win their first continental title, preventing the Pharaohs from enhancing their record and winning the eighth and first cup of Salah, when Mane scored the decisive fifth kick.
Mane said in an interview with the channel:Koeh GolazzoOn YouTube, it was “the greatest, happiest, most important moment of my life, when I lifted the cup.”
Mane revealed that he and Salah, his colleague in Liverpool, did not discuss the final result of the African Nations Cup, “we did not talk about the result, Mo is still frustrated.”
But he noted that they laughed together about the “mind games” that occurred during the famous penalty kick at the start of the match.
A penalty kick was awarded to the Senegalese team in the first minutes of the African final, but goalkeeper Abu Jabal saved it after Salah went to talk to him, while some considered it instructions from “Mo” to the Egyptian goalkeeper.
Mane said: “It was funny when Salah came to the goalkeeper before I took the penalty. I wanted to be more sarcastic. I told him, don’t worry, I will put it on the right side for me.”
Indeed, Mane kicked the penalty kick in the place he referred to strongly, and brilliantly tackled the alternative Egyptian goalkeeper.
The African final match was the first in which Salah and Mane met at the international level since they became colleagues in Liverpool, but it will not be the last this year, as the draw for the decisive third round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, in two fiery confrontations next March.
Regarding the upcoming confrontation with the Egyptian national team again and meeting Salah, but this time in the two decisive matches that qualified for the World Cup, Mane said, “I think I am still thinking about the African Cup, we are still enjoying what we have achieved, but it is a very important confrontation of course.”
“We will do everything we can to qualify for the World Cup because it is very important to us as a team and as a country, and it is a dream for any footballer,” he added.
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