Yaoundé – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted he would “trade” the trophies he’s lifted during his club career to win the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
The 29-year-old, who has linked up with his national team ahead of this year’s tournament in Cameroon, has a plentiful trophy cabinet at club level.
Winning both the Premier League and the Champions League on Merseyside alongside the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, Mane also lifted the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup during his time with Red Bull Salzburg prior to joining Southampton in 2014.
A losing finalist with Senegal in 209, the forward made the bullish claim in a new advert for New Balance.
“When I was a kid, they called me Ballonbuwa (ball wizard), but I was always more of a Gaynde (lion): ruthless, explosive, a hunter.
“I have been hunting my whole career, but no matter what I have caught – I am still hungry.
“My people have waited a long time. I would trade it all to win this one. This is my time. The Lion roars.”
Senegal’s opening match of the tournament is on Monday against Zimbabwe in Bafoussam, before they face Guinea and Malawi in a group they should breeze through to the knockout stages of the competition.