Mane 'Ready' for Al Nassr's Clash With Al Ahli After Asian Champions League Win Over Persepolis

Mane 'Ready' for Al Nassr's Clash With Al Ahli After Asian Champions League Win Over Persepolis

Raphael Abiola
September 20, 2023 at 7:28 AM
  • Sadio Mane has spoken about Al-Nassr's readiness for their next Saudi Pro League game
  • The former Liverpool star played his part in the AFC Champions League win vs. Persepolis
  • The Senegalese star will face his former teammate when Al-Nassr face Al-Ahli this week

Sadio Mane is 'ready' for Al-Nassr's next game in the Saudi Pro League after their 2-0 AFC Champions League win over Iranian giants, Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium on September 19.

The first half of the game ended goalless but second-half scores from Abdulrahman Ghareeb and Mohammed Qassem gave the Knights of Najd a deserved win over the Iranians.

Al-Nassr superstars, Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo could not find the back of the net on their debut in the Asian Champions League but still managed to impress with their efforts.

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Sadio Mane during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab. Photo: Francois Nel.
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Al-Nassr's next game will be a tough test against Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League, but Mane has claimed his team are ready for the challenge, according to Al Nassr Zone.

"We are ready for the Al Ahli match. We will do our best to win that game on Friday," the Senegalese forward commented.

Mane will come up against his former teammate at Liverpool, Roberto Firmino and familiar Premier League rivals Allan Saint-Maximin, Riyad Mahrez, and Edouard Mendy - the latter of whom is also his national teammate for the Teranga Lions of Senegal.

Al-Nassr are currently sixth on the SPL log and will need a win on Friday to displace Al-Ahli from third position on September 22, per Soccerway.

The Senegalese international has scored six goals in six league games since joining the Saudi side from Bayern Munich in the summer window.

Al-Nassr ease past Persepolis in ACL tie

Sports Brief also reported on Al-Nassr winning against Iranian club Persepolis to begin their AFC Champions League path on a winning note.

Coach Luis Castro's men brushed aside their opponents in Tehran in their Group E opener, claiming the top of the standings after the first round.

The Knights of Najd had struggled to break through Persepolis' defence despite dominating possession, before Ronaldo gave a crucial assist.

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