Senegal forward Sadio Mane takes AFCON trophy to bed

Published on: 07 February 2022

Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane took the Africa Cup of Nations trophy to bed with him following their final win over Egypt.

Mane, who was named Player of the Tournament scored the winning spot-kick as Senegal beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties to clinch their first-ever AFCON after the final ended goalless following extra time.

The 29-year-old had earlier seen a seventh-minute penalty saved by Pharaohs keeper Gabaski.

Chelsea's Edouard Mendy denied Mohanad Lasheen to give Mane the chance to win it in Yaounde's Olembe Stadium.

Gabaski had made three good saves from Senegal's Bamba Dieng in extra time.

And in a match billed as a battle between Liverpool forwards Mane, of Senegal, and Egypt captain Mohamed Salah, it was the former who had the decisive word.

Mane scored three goals and provided two assists in seven games. He is expected to link up with his Liverpool teammates in coming days.