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Mane Sends Message To Senegal Players After WC Exit

Senegal star Sadio Mane has sent an encouraging message to the Teranga Lions, who lost 3-0 to England in the World Cup round of 16 on Sunday.

Mane said he was “proud of them” despite the exit from the top ranked African side, insisting this does not mean the end of Senegal because they are more trophies to be worn together.  

Mane missed the tournament due to the knee injury he suffered with his club Bayern Munich just two weeks before the tournament started, with his absence being felt as he is the talisman of the side.

Senegal, though, reached the World Cup last 16 after finishing as runners-up in Group A to set up a tantalising tie with Group B winners England.

However, England proved too strong for them, as Jordaan Henderson, Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane scored the goals to down the African champions.

“Dear brothers, you fell into the arms,” said Mane on Instagram.

“The people of Senegal are very proud of your journey and you have put the balm in the hearts of Senegalese and all supporters by defending the national flag with dignity. Continue learning and good luck. We will go in search of more trophies. Inshallah.”

With Senegal failing to beat England, it means the Three Lions kept their record intact of having not lost to any African opposition in the World Cup finals.  

Mane was the key figure to see Senegal qualify for the World Cup, scoring the winning penalty in March against Egypt in the playoffs.

He also scored a winning penalty when Senegal beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in Cameroon in February, to claim what was their first AFCON trophy.

With Cameroon exiting the tournament, Africa’s only hopes are now left with Morocco who will face Spain also in the round of 16 on Tuesday. 

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