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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane – Quiet in the dressing room, but a real fighter – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 16:00


Sadio Mane’s Senegal teammate Pape Souare says the Liverpool forward is always quiet and prefers to let his feet do the talking on the field of play.

The Crystal Palace defender in the English Premier League reveals that they were always driven by the dream to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Mane was only 10-years-old when the Lions of Teranga reached the knockout stages of the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea.

Coach Aliou Cisse, who was part of the 2002 heroes team, will now pin his hopes on the ‘Smiling Assassin’ to carry the team’s hopes heading to Russia next year.

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“In the dressing room, he is a quiet guy but he’s a very nice guy and a good character to have around,” Souare told BBC Sport.

“Sadio is a complete player. He is very fast, has quick feet and can change direction very quickly.”

On the other hand, Liverpool fan Gareth Roberts, who is the editor of The Anfield Wrap podcast, added that the 25-year-old is a real fighter.

“One thing I like about Mane is that he’s got real fight, real character,” added Roberts.

“If the game is not going your way, you can always rely on Mane to keep going, keep plugging away, keep trying to win the match – he’s got that fighting spirit.

“While there’s been huge debate about Philippe Coutinho potentially leaving, actually Sadio Mane is arguably Liverpool’s most important player right now.”



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Nigeria FA: There will be no room for error against Zambia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mikel speaks to Nigerian vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (second left) on behalf of Super Eagles

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 16:00


The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) will inspect the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium ahead of the next 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

This was confirmed by NFF president Amaju Pinnick, who was speaking to the federation’s official website following Nigeria’s return leg clash with Cameroon.

The Super Eagles collected four points from their recent back to back clashes with the Indomitable Lions and they remained at the top of Group B standings with 10 points.

“Even before the conclusion of this second match against Cameroon in Yaounde, we had started the arrangements for the match against Zambia,” Pinnick said.

“The Chairman of Organizing Committee (NFF 1st VP, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi) will travel to Uyo this week to see Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and they will go through the check –list together.

“Nothing will be left to chance. It is a very big match, and the way things have turned out against Cameroon, it is now an even bigger match than the ones we played against Cameroon. There must be no room for error.”

Nigeria, who defeated Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, before the two sides drew 1-1 in Yauonde, will host Zambia on 7 October 2017.

The Super Eagles will qualify for the World Cup finals as Group B winners if they defeat Chipolopolo in Uyo.



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