Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has said that he would ‘exchange’ his Champions League winners medal to lift the Africa Cup of Nations trophy with Senegal for the first time in the country’s history.
The forward has enjoyed a sensational year so far, joint-winning the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals and lifting the Champions League.
Now in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations, Mane’s Senegal are among the favourites to be crowned continental champions – a feat they have never previously achieved, with the Lions of Teranga only making it as far as the semi-finals in previous editions.
Lifting the cup in Cairo on 19 July would cap an incredible and potentially career-defining year for Mane, but all of his accolades so far, it seems AFCON would rank the highest.
Speaking to France Football
Senegal won their tournament opener 2-0 against Tanzania without captain Mane – who was suspended – and his Champions League medal may not need to be put up as collateral if Aliou Cisse’s side maintain their form.
In the same interview, Mane also revealed that growing up in Senegal he had little encouragement from his family when it came to football.
He added: “