Tag: Sadio Mane

Mane ‘happy to be back’ as Senegal prepare for South Africa

Mane ‘happy to be back’ as Senegal prepare for South Africa

International News
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says he is happy and ready for Senegal's World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Friday after returning to first-team action. Mane, 25, injured a hamstring while playing for Senegal on 7 October and only made his return in Liverpool's 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday. Senegal need two points from their remaining two qualifiers to secure a place at next year's World Cup. "I am very happy to be back because it was not easy," Mane told BBC Sport. "There's no excuse for me now - I was injured but I was always working hard." Senegal lost 2-1 to South Africa last year but Fifa ordered the match to be replayed after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation. The replayed game will take place in South Africa on ...
2018 World Cup: Injured Mane named in Senegal squad

2018 World Cup: Injured Mane named in Senegal squad

African Sports
  Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been included in Senegal squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers despite his existing hamstring strain. Mane had been an injury doubt for the home and away games against South Africa on 10 and 14 November. "In my mind there's no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit," said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. Liverpool said the forward could be out for up to six weeks on 10 October. Three days earlier, he had damaged his hamstring in the 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia and was substituted in the 89th minute. "Until now, he has just been doing some individual training - running in straight lines - but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball," adde...
Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane, Aubameyang shortlisted

Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane, Aubameyang shortlisted

African Sports
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award given to the world's best player. Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is among six other Premier League players picked by France Football magazine for the prestigious prize. David de Gea, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, Kevin de Bruyne and N'Golo Kante, have also been chosen. Gareth Bale misses out, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are selected. Kane, 24, has been picked on the shortlist for the first time after scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country in 2017. Wales forward Bale, 28, has only scored five goals for Real Madrid this year, struggling for form and fitness at the end of last season. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, 32, beat Barcelona's Messi to win the...
Length Ban: Liverpool lose Sadio Mane appeal

Length Ban: Liverpool lose Sadio Mane appeal

African Sports
Liverpool have lost their appeal over the length ban of Sadio Mane's three-match red card ban in Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot. He will now miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup. The excessive punishment claim was rejected following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday that neither he nor City counterpart Pep Guardiola thought Mane should have been sent off. Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Ian Wright all said they would have gone for the ball, while Chris Sutton told Match of the Day 2 that Mane's red card should...
Liverpool through to Champions League group stage

Liverpool through to Champions League group stage

International News
Liverpool produced a stunning attacking display against play-off opponents Hoffenheim to ensure five English sides will compete in the Champions League group stage for the first time. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, the Reds virtually wrapped up the tie with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Emre Can's deflected shot put them ahead before Mohamed Salah reacted quickest to slot in a rebound off the post. Can stroked in Roberto Firmino's cross at the back post just 143 seconds later before Hoffenheim substitute Mark Uth, introduced after 24 minutes in a tactical reshuffle, pulled one back. Former Hoffenheim forward Firmino put the tie beyond doubt after the break, sliding the ball into the bottom corner after Jordan Henderson dispossessed opposing captain Kevin Vogt before u...
Mane injury Liverpool still waiting on severity

Mane injury Liverpool still waiting on severity

African Sports
Liverpool's Sadio Mane will miss Wednesday's match with Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp says it is "possible" the Senegal forward could be ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season. Mane, 24, had to be taken off after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton. There were reports that Mane, a £34m signing from Southampton last summer, might miss the rest of the campaign. But manager Klopp said: "It is not 100% clear. We have to wait a bit." When asked if the injury would be "season-ending", the German added: "Unfortunately it is possible. But why should I say that now? "The only thing I can say for sure is he will not be available for tomorrow. The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment." However, England striker Dani
Ivory Coast, Senegal friendly abandoned over trouble

Ivory Coast, Senegal friendly abandoned over trouble

Local News
A friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal was abandoned after 88 minutes after crowd trouble spilled onto the pitch with dozens of fans invading the field of play and confronting players. As the game, played at the Charlety Stadium on the outskirts of Paris, was winding down to a 1-1 draw, a minority of fans started to cause trouble in the stands before evading stewards and entering the field of play. A group of spectators from outside the ground were photographed vaulting security fences and entered the stadium, presumably without tickets, shortly before trouble began. Stewards attempts to catch a topless pitch invader after the players had exited the field of play (Image credit: Getty Images) With stewards struggling to chase down the pitch invaders, one appear...
Sadio Mane to arrive in time for Reds, Chelsea clash

Sadio Mane to arrive in time for Reds, Chelsea clash

International News
Liverpool's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is set to return from Africa in time for the Chelsea clash on Tuesday night. The Premier League leaders will visit Anfield in a crunch game for Jurgen Klopp’s faltering side and Mane’s presence could prove the lift needed to get the season on track. Mane missed a penalty in a shootout against Cameroon in the AFCON quarter finals on Saturday night following a 0-0 draw and that has ended Senegal’s participation in the competition. Liverpool have looked a very different side without the former Southampton man since he departed for Africa earlier this month and the return of his pace and directness will be a welcome one for the club. It is expected that he will only be able to make the substitute bench for the game after arriving back o
Ten top players to watch in this year’s Afcon

Ten top players to watch in this year’s Afcon

African Sports
The 31st edition of the African biggest football festival begins tomorrow with games set to be full of thrills and fire is works. This year's editions comes with a lot of expectations as country's comes into the tournament with the aim of winning the trophy.  Sportsfileghana.com presents to you some of the top players to watch as the tournament begins tomorrow. First on the list is free scoring Dortmund's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who will be leading host nation Gabon. But many eyes would also be on BBC African Footballer of the Year and Caf African Footballer of the year Riyad Mahrez and Liverpool's player Sadio Mane. Mahrez will be a key figure for an Algerian team which comes into the competition as the best team in Africa. Mane, who cost Liverpool £34m, leads the
Gabon football fans labels it Anarchic by unions

Gabon football fans labels it Anarchic by unions

African Sports
Just days before Gabon hosts the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the state of league football in the country has been described as "anarchic". In December, four local teams boycotted games in protest over unpaid wages. "The anarchic situation is a result of bad management, and a lack of control and accountability in the management of clubs and football institutions," said Gabon's footballers' union (ANFPG). The ANFPG hopes the Nations Cup can improve local players' conditions. The union says many first and second division players are still owed substantial salaries from last year. In December, world governing body Fifa intervened to ensure that Mangasport - league champions in 2014 and 2015 - paid a former player, Ivorian Mariano Beugre, his outstanding wages. "We can con