Before scoring a brace in the 3-0 win over Kenya at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, Sadio Mane had missed a first-half penalty for Senegal.
Most players in tense games like that one would lose their morale which would affect their performance in return, not Mane.
“I think that – in my head, I am relaxed,” Mane told www.goal.com on Monday, he added
“I don’t have doubt in my head, maybe it can happen, be more stressed. It doesn’t happen to me in football, to miss a penalty, but the important thing in football is how you react.”
Senegal finished second in Group C with six points, in a game Kenya needed to pick three points to advance, and their performance in the first half told the story.
“They are a team who ran a lot, who were well placed, and they obviously wanted to qualify. We knew that wouldn’t be easy.”
“You know my feelings; the important thing is to get the three points. The first half wasn’t easy, the team were compact, but we created many chances and finally scored three goals and we deserved to win.”
Senegal will play Uganda at the Round of 16 on Friday, July 5th at Cairo International Stadium with a quarterfinal slot at stake.