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Africa Cup of Nations - 5 players to watch out for - Senegal

  • From defence to attack, here are 5 key players who hold key to Senegal's fortunes in the upcoming AFCON.
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Modified 08 Jan 2017, 18:55 IST
Mane will be the star of the Senegal team

The Africa Cup of Nations is nearly upon us, and as always, it is expected to be a highly competitive affair. At least 4 teams go into the competition with lofty ambitions; anything other than the title would be deemed a failure.

Also Read: 5 reasons why Senegal can win the African Cup of Nations

One of these teams is certainly Senegal, and manager Aliou Cisse has demonstrated their ambition by calling up a strong squad for the tournament. Apart from familiar Premier League names, the squad also features numerous quality players plying their trade in different leagues around Europe.

Here are 5 star names that stand out in their 23 man squad:

#1 Sadio Mane

The pacy Liverpool frontman is undoubtedly the ace in his team's sleeve, with his manager and teammates hoping he can reproduce his stellar Liverpool form at national level. Mane can single-handedly win matches on his day, and if allowed to run riot, can help take his team far.

Strong, pacy and with an eye for goal, his goal against Arsenal on his Liverpool debut serves as a reminder of what Sadio Mane can do to a defence on his day. His performance for Red Bull Salzburg when they thrashed Bayern Munich 3-0 was not so bad either.

Hailed as a bargain even at £34 million, the most expensive African player in history has what it takes to be the difference maker in an even contest.

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Published 08 Jan 2017, 18:34 IST
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