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Sports News Fri, 5 Jul 2019

Africa Cup of Nations: Senegal forward Sadio Mane hopes to continue scoring run

Sadio Mane says it is his "absolute dream" to help Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

Senegal, runners-up in 2002, are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the second successive time when they face Uganda on Friday (20:00 BST).

Mane is joint-leading scorer at the tournament with two goals along with 10 other players - including his Liverpool team-mate, Egypt's Mohamed Salah.

"For me, the most important thing is to win it with Senegal," said Mane.

Senegal reached the knockout stage after finishing runners-up to Algeria in Group C.

Mane, a Champions League winner with Liverpool in June, was suspended for the opening group victory over Tanzania but scored twice in the 3-0 win over Kenya after appearing in a 1-0 defeat by Algeria.

Before the start of the month-long tournament in Egypt, Mane told France Football magazine that he would trade his Champions League success to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

"I will try to score more goals and help my team-mates score so that we can finally win this cup," added Mane, who could play against Liverpool team-mate Salah if Senegal and Egypt reach the final on 19 July.

"This is my absolute dream [to help Senegal win]. I am here for this."

Uganda finished runners-up to hosts Egypt in the group stage but their preparations for the Senegal match have been overshadowed by a pay dispute.

Their players boycotted training on Tuesday, but Mane has warned his side not to underestimate their opponents.

"We saw the kind of football they played against Egypt and they are a very good side. We must be at our best against Uganda," he said.

Africa Cup of Nations last 16

Morocco v Benin

Uganda v Senegal

Nigeria v Cameroon

Egypt v South Africa

Madagascar v DR Congo

Algeria v Guinea

Mali v Ivory Coast

Ghana v Tunisia

Source: bbc.com
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