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Sadio Mane out of the dead rubber clash against South Africa in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 17:30

After helping the Lions of Teranga book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday against South Africa, Senegal will be without their star Sadio Mane on Tuesday night.

Coach Aliou Cisse will lead his troops for the second time against Bafana Bafana at home and will miss the services of the Liverpool forward.

Mane is out due to a recurring injury which he suffered in October against Cape Verde, and reports indicate that he has gone back to Anfield for further assessment.

The 25-year-old Reds player starred for the West Africans at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as they beat their hosts 2-0 to secure their return to the global showpiece since 2002.

“The Senegalese Football Federation informs the national and international opinion that, following the match South Africa against Senegal on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane was slightly felt (sic) from his old injury,” reads a statement from SFF.

“After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make it available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.”

The Lions have 11 points from five matches – they drew two, won three and will want to beat Stuart Baxter’s men for the second time in Dakar.



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Burkina Faso host Cape Verde in dead rubber – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Prejuce Nakoulma of Burkina Faso challenged by Sfiso Hlanti of South Africa during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 09:00


Burkina Faso will face off with Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 21h30 CAT.

The Stallions are heading into this match having already failed to qualify for the World Cup after Senegal beat South Africa to win the group on Friday.

Burkina Faso were thrashed 3-1 by South Africa in their previous group match which was played in Johannesburg last month.

The defeat left the Stallions on position two on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are five points behind Senegal.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde are also heading into the last group game having failed to book their place in the finals which will be hosted by Russia.

The Blue Sharks were beaten 2-0 by Senegal in their previous group match which was played in Praia last month.

As a result, Cape Verde are placed third on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are only behind second-placed Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Referee Youssef Essrayri, who hails from Tunisia, will be in charge of the encounter between Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.



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