Mane: ‘I’m ready to trade Champions League for AFCON’

Sadio Mane of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Senegal and Tanzania at 30 June Stadium, Ciro, Egypt on 23 June 2019 ©Gavin Barker

The 27-year-old dreams of winning the trophy for the first time in the team’s history.The winger would’ve swapped the CL trophy earned with the Reds for the glory with Senegal.

Sadio Mane is currently at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal. The Lions of Teranga are believed to have major chances of winning the competition.

France Football have now released an interview the Reds winger gave to them ahead of the tournament. The 27-year-old told on his motivation to play for the national team:

“It’s up to us to achieve something great. Of course, we are among the favourites, we will not hide it. But this status is not enough to go to the end.

“It has to be magnificent to win it for this country which has never won the AFCON.

“I am even ready to trade the Champions League trophy for the AFCON! The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. It would be my craziest dream. “

Meanwhile, Senegal have enjoyed a fine start to the competition as they beat Tanzania 2-0 on Sunday. Mane didn’t take part in the game due to a suspension. The attacker is set to start against Algeria on Thursday.

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