On Tuesday, Senegal take on Cape Verde at in the Round of 16 at this year’s AFCON in Cameroon looking to advance to the quarter-finals having finished as runners-up in this competition in 2019.
Senegal come into this match having advanced as winners of Group B with just five points to their name having drawn 0-0 with both Malawi and Guinea, meaning that Sadio Mane’s 97th-minute penalty against Zimbabwe remains as their only goal of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Cape Verde made it through Group A as one of the best third-place teams following a 1-1 draw last time out with Cameroon, having lost 1-0 to Burkina Faso and beaten Ethiopia 1-0 in their other matches.
So far in AFCON, Aliou Cisse’s men have been low scorers in the competition and have often struggled to play at a high tempo in the soaring heat of Cameroon and will be hoping to see much-improved performances in the knockout stages. This is why a narrow 2-1 victory or 1-1 draw could be likely if they fail to step up their game.
As expected, Liverpool forward, Mane, is their key man and still has their only goal of the competition so far and will undoubtedly have to play a crucial role if his side are to win AFCON for the first time in their history. Mane has scored 26 goals in 80 caps for the Lions of Teranga.