Register Login Scores

African Football

Mane: We Respect Bafana, But…

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.

Gallery: Argentina, Spain, Germany & Co. Launch Retro Inspired...

Gallery: 2018 World Cup Stadiums Overview

The 10 Highest Paid Africans In The EPL

20 comments

Top 5

Bucs Suffer Confed Cup Heartbreak On Penalties

490 May 20, 2022 11:51 PM in Orlando Pirates

Gallery: Pep, Man City Celebrate EPL Title

May 23, 2022 08:24 AM in English Premier League

De Gea Sends Brutal Message To Man Utd Teammates

3 May 23, 2022 09:24 AM in English Premier League

Exclusive! Latest On Chiefs & Maart…

53 May 18, 2022 10:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Open Negotiations For Top Target

37 May 22, 2022 11:57 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Soldiers Left Behind As Pirates Prepare For War

44 May 20, 2022 12:24 PM in Orlando Pirates

Vrrrpha! Another Sundowns Star Bags Golf 8 GTI

1 May 19, 2022 03:38 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Hunt, Khune And More Reacted To Pitso’s Big Announcement

15 May 19, 2022 03:09 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Mbappe Releases Statement After Shock Real Snub

10 May 23, 2022 07:35 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Downs Coach Says Chiefs And Bucs Are Edging Closer

21 May 19, 2022 09:37 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Downs Coach Says Chiefs And Bucs Are Edging Closer

21 May 19, 2022 09:37 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns