Senegal national team skipper Sadio Mane was left amazed after he was received with a guard of honour by his Lions of Teranga teammates when he arrived in camp.
Mane and Senegal are preparing for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations that kicks off on June 21st 2019 in Egypt.
The respectful moment was also a congratulatory signal to Mane for winning the UEFA Champions League with his club Liverpool on June 1st.
The pacy forward was given a few days to take a break after winning Europeans biggest club football competition and his arrival is indeed a morale booster in the Senegal camp with one week to the Nations Cup.
Mohammed Salah and Divok Origi were on the scoresheet as Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0.
Mane’s assignment will be in a buildup match against fellow West African giants Nigeria on June 16th before both teams fly out to Egypt.
Mane is looking forward at guiding his country to their maiden Nations Cup title, their best performance was runners up which came in 2002 after falling 3-2 to Cameroon on penalties, normal time had ended in a barren draw.
Senegal are placed in group C alongside Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania and they will kickstart their mission possible campaign against the Taifa Stars on Sunday 23rd June.
Head coach and legend Aliou Cisse named a strong final all foreign based 23-man squad that will without a doubt give the opposition a fabulous run for their money.
Senegal’s full Squad
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes, France), Alfred Gomis (Spal, Italy) and Edouard Mendy (Reims, France)
Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Moussa Wague (FC Barcelona, Spain), Pape Abdou Cisse (Olympiacos, Greece), Salif Sane (Schalke,Germany), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux,France), Lamine Gassama (Goztepe, Turkey), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France), and Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, England)
Midfielders: Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga, Spain), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Keprin Diatta (Club Brugge, Belgium), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Galatasaray, Turkey) and Henri Saivet (Bursaspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Ismaila Sarr (Rennes, France), Keita Balde (Inter Milan, Italy), Mbaye Niang (Rennes, France), Moussa Konate (Amiens, France), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, Turkey), Sada Thioub (Nimes, France), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England)