Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade will host Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Rwanda and Senegal. The Lions of Teranga kicked off their AFCON qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Benin, and they are seen as hot favourites to beat Rwanda as well. Liverpool ace Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick in the opener, will be the man to watch in the away side, while head coach Aliou Cisse is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Benin.
The Wasps, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Mozambique in the opening match of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, but they will have a mountain to climb in Tuesday’s clash. David faces Goliath in Diamniadio, meaning that anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. In their last meeting in a competitive match, back in 2011, Senegal defeated Rwanda 2-0.
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.