Sadio Mane: Disheartened Football Fans Say The Same Thing as Star Is Ruled Out of World Cup

Sadio Mane: Disheartened Football Fans Say The Same Thing as Star Is Ruled Out of World Cup

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • Fans have taken to social media to sympathise with Senegal star Sadio Mane, who will miss the World Cup in Qatar
  • Senegal confirmed on November 17 that their talisman will not recovered in time to feature at the tournament
  • Mane sustained an injury in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen, just before the Mundial break

Football fans all said the same thing after Sadio Mane was officially ruled out of the Qatar World Cup with a knee injury.

Initially, there was a slim glimmer of hope that Mane could make the tournament, as the Senegal FA said the Bayern Munich star would miss the first 'few' games.

But two days later, a conclusion arrived at is that Mane would require surgery on his knee, and would hence miss the tournament.

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Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich on the pitch during the Bundesliga match against SV Werder Bremen. Photo by Harry Langer.
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As reported by the BBC, the Senegal international was forced off with a knee injury during Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen on November 8.

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The Lions of Teranga are in Group A, and will have to play games against the Netherlands, hosts Qatar, and Ecuador without their talisman.

Fans react to Mane loss

Soon after the news hit the internet about Mane’s plight, fans took to social media to declare his injury was a blow not only to Senegal, but to Africa as a whole.

Senegal was largely considered to be the strongest African nation in the tournament.

“Nicest guy in World football, crying shame!” one fan said.
“Sad for African,particularly Senegal” another added.
“This is terrible for #Africa ,” said another fan.
“This is so bad for us coz he is only our expectations for Senegal and all Africans”

Mane was the national side's talisman at the start of the year, scoring the winning penalty as Senegal became champions of Africa in February.

Interestingly, he was also the hero in the World Cup qualifier playoff, as he scored the winning penalty at the expense of Mohammed Salah’s Egypt.

'Ghana can pull off surprises'

Elsewhere, Sports Brief also reported on Ghana coach Otto Addo's suggestion that his nation can easily pull off several surprises in the World Cup.

Ghana players have landed in Qatar ahead of the global showpiece, and will face Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay in a challenging Group H.

Addo commended his team on adapting fast, adding that the Black Stars were set for the future due to the wealth of young talent in the team, combined with the balance of experienced players.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and