Senegal’s Sadio Mane has admitted that he is willing to do anything and play wherever the team needs him in order for them to win. The Lions of Teranga won to a 3-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea despite the latter fighting hard in the AFCON quarter-finals and meeting Burkina Faso next time.
Despite great doubts about his fitness, Sadio Mane still started the Africa Cup of Nations match against Equatorial Guinea and proved to be Senegal’s turning point. The Liverpool striker created all sorts of problems for Guinea during the match and played a key role in the opening goal. But while Guinea pulled one back via Jannick Buyla Sam, late goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr secured a victory for the Lions of Teranga.
They face Burkina Faso in the semi-finals of the tournament and have a chance to set up a glittering final against either Egypt or hosts Cameroon. But in light of that, Sadio Mane has revealed that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win, and that includes playing wherever the coach asks him to. Not only that, Mane added, sacrifices are necessary for them to succeed and lift the trophy.
“It’s my job [to be ready to play everywhere]. I have to do it because I think it’s really important to me. “It’s important for the boys to make sure we win the match, so to win you have to do everything and make all the necessary sacrifices,” Mane told BBC Sport Africa.
Senegal’s display against Equatorial Guinea may not have been their best performance, but the Lions of Teranga dominated the game to some extent. Although Guinea caused a couple of problems, it was not something their star-studded defense or Edouard Mendy in goal could handle. But Mane admitted that although he believes every match so far has been theirs at their best, they played well against Guinea, though that is not always going to happen.
“I think all the fights for me are the best. Of course I know people are always looking for on a football, try to create chances and score, and that’s normal. But as a football player, you can not expect it all the time. To do this without winning makes no sense.
“We have enough time to prepare, watch the videos and improve because it’s important,” Mane continued.
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