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.
More than 40,000 visitors at the Toronto Nautical Festival last weekend had an opportunity to experience what Nova Scotia has to offer. With 100 Nova Scotia industry representatives, entertainers, animators and suppliers, the festival allowed tourism operators to present their products and services to consumers, travel media and tour operators from across Ontario. The event also gave the public the opportunity to stroll the deck of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, Bluenose II. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks said the promotion was successful and productive by all measures. “The response from festival-goers to Nova Scotia’s presence was incredible,” said Mr. Dooks. “This event, along with the presence of Bluenose II, provided an excellent opportunity to promote Nova Scotia and what we have to offer.” This was the festival’s inaugural celebration and Nova Scotia was the presenting sponsor. The Nova Scotia pavilion included dory building, rope making and a Taste of Nova Scotia demonstration on how to properly prepare Nova Scotia seafood. Nova Scotia representatives included Pier 21, Destination Cape Breton, Sherbrooke Village, Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourism Association, Bay Ferries, the 78th Highlanders and Ambassatours Gray Line. “With Bluenose II and the CN Tower in the background, and being in downtown Toronto, this event was incredible and I have never seen anything like it,” said Gary Powell, vice-president of Ambassatours Gray Line. “The attendance and interest in our products exceeded my expectations and will translate into more visitors coming to Nova Scotia as a result of this spectacular event.” Festival visitors were entertained by popular Nova Scotia artists such as the Barra MacNeils, Grand Derangement, Trevor Gould and Eastern Star, Jeremiah Sparks, Shahba Lee, Pam Levy and David Myles.