In a stellar performance marking his 100th cap for Senegal, Sadio Mane proved once again why he is a football icon.
The Saudi Arabia-based forward not only celebrated this significant milestone but also contributed significantly to Senegal’s emphatic 4-0 victory over South Sudan in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
Mane’s influence was evident from the outset as he orchestrated the opening goal, setting up Pape Sarr just 37 seconds into the game.
His individual brilliance shone as he doubled Senegal’s lead five minutes later, skillfully evading a defender before slotting the ball home from Habib Diallo’s backheel.
The first half ended with Lamine Camara extending Senegal’s lead to 3-0 with a powerful finish just before the whistle. Mane saved the best for last, calmly converting a penalty just before the hour mark, sealing the victory for Senegal.
Despite the triumph on the field, there was a tinge of sadness as Mane’s landmark match unfolded behind closed doors due to previous crowd trouble.
The 30-year-old Liverpool icon, who has twice been named African Footballer of the Year, showcased his enduring quality, leading Senegal to an Africa Cup of Nations triumph earlier this year.
This exceptional display underscores Mane’s continued significance for his country, even as he plies his trade in Saudi Arabia.
As Senegal eyes a third consecutive World Cup finals appearance in 2026, Mane’s role remains pivotal, and more milestones are likely as they navigate the challenging road ahead.
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