Senegal lose defender, Salif Sane for rest of Africa Cup group stage
London, June 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Giant Senegalese defender Salif Sane will miss at least his team’s next two Africa Cup of Nations matches after hurting his ankle in the 2-0 victory over Tanzania.
The 1.96m centre-back injured his left ankle during Sunday’s Group C opener in Cairo and will miss “between 10 and 15 days” with a sprained ligament, the Senegalese FA said Monday.
Sane, who was expected to partner Napoli standout Kalidou Koulibaly in a strong Senegalese defence, will miss Thursday’s heavyweight clash with Algeria as well as the July 1 meeting with Kenya.
Senegal will however be boosted by the return of star forward Sadio Mane, who was suspended for the opener after picking up a one-match ban during qualifying.
Koulibaly, reportedly coveted by a number of Europe’s top sides, said Sunday he wasn’t prepared to talk about his Napoli future with Senegal attempting to win the tournament for the first time.
“I’m not talking about my future, I would rather talk about Senegal. We know that Senegal want to do something great,” said Koulibaly.
“I’m 200 percent with Senegal, I’m 200% with the 15 million Senegalese. So today I’m relaxed, I’m going to play my Afcon and then go back to Naples, and we’ll see what happens.”
Tournament favourites Senegal got their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Tanzania at 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Sunday.
Keita Baldé and Krépin Diatta were on target for the Teranga Lions who were without the suspended Sadio Mane for the clash in the Egyptian capital. Victory moves the West African’s top of Group C ahead of Algeria and Kenya’s tussle at the same venue later this evening.