Liverpool forward Sadio Mane claims he would happily trade his Champions League winners’ medal for Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal.The 27-year-old enjoyed a standout 2018-19 campaign at Anfield.A 22-goal return in the Premier League saw him land a share of the Golden Boot, while four efforts in continental competition helped Liverpool to a sixth European Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mane would, though, give all of that up for international success this summer.He is currently in Egypt chasing down another major prize and is aware of what the AFCON crown would mean for his homeland.“It is up to us to achieve something great,” Mane told France Football.“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way.“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”Mane has been chasing that dream since childhood, with the stage he currently graces having been reached from humble beginnings.Reflecting on his career path, which started with a trial back in Dakar when he was a young hopeful, Mane said: “There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance.“It started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at.“I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could.“Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’“I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure.”Mane sat out Senegal’s opening fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations through suspension, as they saw off Tanzania 2-0.Aliou Cisse’s side will be back in action on Thursday against Algeria, before wrapping up their Group C campaign in a meeting with Kenya.
← Previous Story VIDEO: Handball Peter Pan magic! Next Story → Ambros Martin to lead Romanian girls! Telekom Veszprem celebrated fourth win in SEHA GAZPROM League 2016/2017 by beating Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, once again, 32:25 (17:13). Despite visitors at „Veszprem Arena“ were eager to show the best of their handball, home team coached by Xavi Sabate had control over the result from the first minute of the match. The first line-up of the reigning SEHA GAZPROM champions with Ilic, Palmarsson and Nagy supported by oustanding Roland Mikler (15 saves) between the posts made 6:1 in the opening seven minutes of the match.Celje’s coach Branko Tamse found the way to put his team back in the game, but even solid performance of Zarabec, Mlakar and Lesjak on the goal line, wasn’t enough for some surprising turnover. Slovenians came closer on 9:7 in 15th minute, but they aren’t able to save their net in the crucial moments.Dragan Gajic and Renato Sulic overtook the main roles in Veszprem’s attack in the second half from Aron Palmarsson and Gasper Marguc. Creativity of Celje’s attack was visible until 45th minute, when Miha Zarabec netted for 24:21. However, Slovenian team had no power to finish match in the same rhytm. Some technical mistakes gave chance to home team to score some easy goals via young left wing Fekete for 32:25 at the end.Dragan Gajic was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while one more scored Celje’s right back Ziga Mlakar.Statements after the match:Xavi Sabate, Telekom Veszprem coach:– I want to congratulate to our players and team for such a good match after only one training which we had to prepare for this game. I would also like to congratulate to Celje for very good start of the season – results and way of playing. Celje play very good handball, they have one of the best fast-breaks in Europe. We had some injuries during last week. Terzic couldn’t play today and he is very important for us in defense. Players showed commitment with the team, club, team-mates and supporters. We played high-level match in defense and Mikler was amazing one more time. Key for success was in defense, with good Roli and fast-breaks. We played good in attack, especially with all our line-players. I am proud of our players. We are working very hard with young Hungarian players. Young Fekete was fantastic today. They have to continue working as this season is very important for us.Branko Tamse, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko coach:-I want to congratulate Veszprem for a good match.They were prepared well for us. Their defense forced us to take some difficult shots and to make some mistakes in attack. There were some minutes when I was happy for the way how we play, but tonight Veszprem had a lot of good minutes.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko player:– I would like to congratulate Veszprem on a good game. We haven’t been on the level which we should to play with them. Our defense wasn’t good enough, while in attack we missed too many open shots. Mikler saved many shots and then, with counter-attack, they made advantage.Gasper Marguc, Telekom Veszprem right wing:– My coach already said a lot. I agree with all speakers, we played good today, especially in defense. Mikler was really good, we ran a lot of fast-breaks. We are happy that we had match under control. We are happy for new points. Now, we are focusing on weekend and match in Plock. RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRoland Miklerseha gazprom leagueTelekom Veszprem