Following their memorable meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations final, Sadio Mane has spoken up about the quiet pact he maintains with Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
Mane netted the winning penalty kick in a dramatic penalty shootout against Salah’s Egypt earlier this month, guiding Senegal to their first ever AFCON victory.
The final left the Liverpool duo with significantly different emotions, with Mane returning to England as an African champion and Salah returning empty-handed.
When asked about Senegal’s next match against Egypt in a critical World Cup qualifier next month, Mane confessed that he and Salah aren’t even thinking about it, and that they have an AFCON final quiet pact.
When questioned about the World Cup qualifier between Senegal and Egypt next month, Mane told the Que Golazo YouTube channel, ‘Me and Mo Salah don’t even talk about it.’
Mane went on to say that the silent covenant is in honor of the Egyptian hero, who suffered heartache in the final.
However, not everything related to the Africa Cup of Nations is off the table. Before Salah’s missed penalty in the first half of the final, Mane confessed that he and Salah had laughed about their attempted mind games.
Mane witnessed Salah having a chat with Egypt goalie Gabaski moments before the spot-kick was taken and told him to get back on his line. Mane jumped into the conversation and sought to throw him off by revealing the location of his spot-kick.