Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Senegal will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Congo when they take on Mavuso Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Lions of Teranga proved their worth in the opening match of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, but they do not want to stop now. Senegal aim to get their job done in Group I as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will stick to their attack-minded approach against Eswatini.
Sadio Mane failed to find the net in the 2-0 win over Congo, but the Liverpool superstar is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Sunday’s qualifier. Metz attacker Diallo, who opened his goal-scoring account against Congo, is likely to lead the line for the visitors. Eswantini, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Guinea-Bissau, are unlikely to shock the 2019 AFCON finalists.
Highlighted Player (Sadio Mané):
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Liverpool as a winger. Mane was born in Sedhiou Senegal on April 10, 1992, but he made his senior debut at French club Metz. In 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, with the pacey winger scoring 31 goals in 63 appearances for the club in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Mane then decided to take a step forward in his career as he joined famous Premier League club Liverpool for a fee of £34 million, signing a five-year contract with the Reds. The Senegal international quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Liverpool and, no doubt, he helped the Anfield outfit make it to the 2017/2018 Champions League final.
Speaking of trophies, Sadio Mane won the Austrian Bundesliga with Salzburg in the 2013/2014 season. In 2017 he was named Liverpool player of the year for the 2016/2017 season. Sadio Mane made his Senegal debut in 2012 and he was part of the Senegal team that participated at the 2012 Olympic tournament.
Highlighted Team (Senegal):
The Senegaesel national football team made their first appearance at Africa Cup of Nations back in 1965, with the team finishing the tournament in fourth place. The Lions of Teranga booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2002 (for the first time) and they did remarkably well to make it to the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Senegal defeated Sweden in the last 16, with Henri Camara scoring the winner for the African team in the extra time. The Lions of Teranga have yet to win the African Cup of Nations, but they made it to the final of the tournament in 2002. Senegal faced Cameroon in the title game and they were more than unfortunate to lose the Africa Cup of Nations final on penalties.
Former Liverpool ace El Hadji Diouf is probably the most famous footballer who played for the Senegalese national team. Senegal play their home games at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor and the capacity of the venue is 60,000.