PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane - Is Senegal relying too much on him?

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane - Is Senegal relying too much on him?
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho celebrate a goal for Liverpool

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 16:00

Manager Jurgen Klopp is feeling the heat at Liverpool as they are struggling following the absence of Senegal star Sadio Mane's injury.

The Lions of Teranga attacker sustained a hamstring injury as he was part of the squad participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Cape Verde earlier this month.

Mane suffered a hamstring strain and remains doubtful for the two upcoming games against South Africa's Bafana Bafana on November 10 and 14.

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However, coach Aliou Cisse has released his squad for the two back to back clashes and has included the Reds hitman.

Cisse knows the role the of the 25-year-old and the impact he brings to the squad, but will it be beneficial or risky to use him against the 1996 African champions?

The West Africans are under pressure to clinch a spot at the global showpiece in Russia and Mane is one of their key players to ensure that dream becomes a reality.

Now a question will come up from many football pundits, is Cisse relying too much on Mane? Because using him whilst nursing an injury could have serious consequences on his career.

On the other hand, some in the South African football circles have rejoiced over Mane's injury and even said it is a blessing in disguise.

The match is fast approaching, but does this mean Bafana must be concerned with his inclusion in the squad for the two duels?



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