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Mane: We Respect Bafana, But…

Sadio Mane: We Respect Bafana Bafana, But…

By David Kappel - Nov 08, 2017 10:39 AM @kappilinho

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane has commented on Senegal's upcoming clashes with South Africa, while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed why he hopes the Lions of Teranga beat South Africa in the first game.

Read: Kekana Leaves Bafana Camp

The 25-year-old missed Liverpool's previous five games and was a question mark for the clash with Stuart Baxter's side, but returned with a bang on the weekend, assisting two goals in his club side's 4-1 over West Ham.

Senegal lead Bafana's group with eight points, and a win in the rescheduled match against the Lions of Teranga would book them their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while South Africa need to win both clashes against Senegal in order overtake them on the log.

"I am very happy to be back because it was not easy," Mane told BBC Sport.

"There's no excuse for me now – I was injured but I was always working hard.

"It's going to be tough because we know how South Africa is, even when they are not in good form.

"We respect them but we also know we have quality and we have a great team and I think we can do it.

"Everybody knows what it means for the country – especially the fans – and I think it will be a dream for us and hopefully God will help us to qualify."

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who will be in South Africa for an event in Cape Town on Wednesday, admitted that international breaks are always difficult for him, and that he hopes Senegal beat Bafana on Friday so that Mane can be rested for the return clash.

"It's the most difficult time for me but I have no problem with international games," the German tactician said.

"We are happy for Senegal if they can go to the World Cup, and they need Sadio Mane for this and I understand it.

"He's fit to play – the only thing I would ask for is if they can make it in the first game it would be cool if he could come back."

Read: Serero A No-Show At Bafana

Do you think Bafana can beat Senegal despite the return from injury of Mane? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Boyca Joined: 24 Oct 2017
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Boyca Nov 09, 2017 06:50 AM
Let's support Bafana and stop talking nonsense plzzzz
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Sandile2743 Joined: 21 Oct 2015
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Sandile2743 Nov 08, 2017 05:55 PM
We can analyse and say a lot of things but the reality is that we're not going to Russia. I know others will hate these words from me but this generation of Bafana Bafana will not beat Senegal to qualify. In a friendly yes they can
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Nov 08, 2017 03:01 PM
Mane is there to help his nation its up to bafadowns to stop him
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ominouskhosi Nov 08, 2017 12:51 PM
Mane has never done anything against us so if he is there or not he will not be the player who wins the game for Senegal should they win. All the stars of Senegal are only good in Europe not in Africa, bafana messed up when they failed to be cape Verde, Senegal is harder to beat as a team but with skill we can beat them and make sure we defend well for 90 minutes. Good luck mzansi. If Baxter fails he must be fired as well for failing to qualify
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Realydoctor10 Nov 07, 2017 10:53 PM
@Tabali Mfondini bazokudumaza
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Realydoctor10 Nov 07, 2017 10:51 PM
@codney ',Yebo they need that 3 points but if they fail to beat them the draw Will be better than the loose man remember Senegal 've got wounds we beated them so I don't see Bafana get the same result so easily
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Tabali Nov 07, 2017 10:43 PM
Hayi mna andifuni kuxoka andiyiboni iSouth Afrika iyibetha iSenegal amatyeli amabini elandelelana. Hayi ndiyala, umhlolokazi angangena emdanisweni xa inokuyiphumelela yomibini le midlalo iSouth Afrika.
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codney Joined: 16 Sep 2013
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codney Nov 07, 2017 10:35 PM
This is tough seeing that Senegal need a draw to prevent Bafana from overtaking them.
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codney Nov 07, 2017 10:32 PM
@Realydoctor10 Bafana need to win not draw if they draw then it is Senegal going to Russia and I don't think they will win both games
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SGM1234567 Nov 07, 2017 10:09 PM
Sad truth i don't see it happening maybe if fifa didn't take points away from bafana bafana
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Realydoctor10 Nov 07, 2017 10:04 PM
Bafana must do their best to win this game otherwise they hold Senegalese in draw
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KAGI-LIHLE Nov 07, 2017 09:46 PM
All the best to BAFANA, Do us proud and GOD BLESS AND GIVE YOU ALL THE STRENGTH TO GO TO RUSSIA NEXT YEAR
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hlalosetsa1@gmail.com Nov 07, 2017 09:12 PM
I wish bafana could qualify...all the best for the boys, please make us proud
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Nov 07, 2017 09:07 PM
Klop is hapy for his player that is all
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UBafo'mnyama Nov 07, 2017 08:05 PM
Klopp can't be visiting this country if he does not wish for us to succeed in qualifying for the world cup.
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Ntsika239 Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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Ntsika239 Nov 07, 2017 07:56 PM
@J Ma zille leo messi he did not destroy us in the 1st game, wat would change now?
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Ngamla.com Nov 07, 2017 07:52 PM
So Klopp wth all due respect plz if uyou gonna support Senegal then go to Senegal, ,what are you going to do in South Africa
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Hloni'mayeng2 Nov 07, 2017 07:46 PM
Klopp xuld mind his own business, he's got conte 2 deal wth
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J Ma zille leo messi Nov 07, 2017 07:36 PM
I hate mane he is going to destroy us
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Menace2SLSociety Nov 07, 2017 07:29 PM
Keep praying mate

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