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WHAT Sadio Mane told his Liverpool teammate, Mohammed Salah after Senegal wins AFCON Cup against Egypt

The Senegalese and Liverpool star striker, Sadio Mane has consoled his Liverpool teammate, Mohammed Salah after the Pharaoh of Egypt lost to Senegal in the AFCON finals.

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Sunday evening’s highly-anticipated final got off to a nightmare start for Senegal’s talisman, Mane, as he had a seventh-minute spot-kick saved by an inspired Gabaski at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Neither side were able to find the breakthrough after 120 minutes of action and the contest had to be settled via a nail-biting penalty shootout, with Egypt looking to secure the trophy for a record eighth time.

But Senegal – the pre-tournament favourites – prevailed as Mane slotted home the decisive effort from 12 yards to make amends for his earlier miss, sparking wild scenes among Aliou Cisse’s triumphant squad.

It was a moment of history for Senegal given they had never before been crowned champions of Africa and Mane was later named the player of the tournament to cap off a dream night for the Liverpool attacker.

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There were touching scenes shortly after the final whistle as Mane made sure to go over and console a teary Salah and the former has lifted the lid on exactly what he said to his club team-mate.

‘I told him that he remains a very great player and it’s a pleasure to play for the same club,’ Mane told beIN SPORTS.

‘I have so much respect for him and he gave everything for his country.

‘Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for him.

‘I also told him that he still has many things to win, including the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They have a young team so maybe they will win it one day.’

Mane thanked his Senegal team-mates for the support they offered him after his early penalty miss in Yaounde.

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‘When I missed the first penalty, it was a big blow for me,’ the ex-Southampton forward added.

‘But my team-mates came to me and said, “Sadio, we lose together and we win together. We know you. You have done too much for us – keep on going”.

‘That made me stronger and I think it made the difference when I got the second one.

‘All the boys came to me and said, “Sadio, we trust you”, and that gave me more motivation.

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