Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates scoring Senegal's third goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Semifinal match between Burkina Faso and Senegal held at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on 02 February 2022 ©Shaun Roy/BackpagePix
Thursday Feb 03, 2022. 14:00
Senegal vice-captain Sadio Mane has fired a warning to their rivals after he inspired the Lions of Teranga to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.
It was the Lions of Teranga’s third successive win and they remain undefeated in this year’s tournament having now reached back to back finals after losing to Algeria in the 2019 final.
Mane and his teammates will face the winner between tournament hosts, Cameroon and Egypt, who will clash on Thursday, in the final on Sunday.
The world-class winger warned that they are looking to win the AFCON title against whoever they will face in the final.
“But the most important for us now is to go all the way and win it, whoever we come up against. We were up against a really good Burkina side who caused us a lot of problems.”
The score was 0-0 at half-time, but Senegal proved too strong for their West African rivals after the restart with Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye and Mane all scoring for Aliou Cisse’s side.
“We expected a tough game and it was, but we stayed calm and created lots of chances. I think we deserved to win,” he continued.
“I think you can see on my face how happy I am, which is completely normal. I am really proud personally and very happy for myself, my teammates and the country.”
Mane has scored three goals and provided two assists at the 2021 AFCON finals, and he was named Man of the Match after the clash against Burkina Faso.