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Afcon 2021: Mane benched in Senegal predicted XI vs Equatorial Guinea

08:28 GMT 30/01/2022
Sadio Mane celebrations Senegal vs Cape Verde
GOAL predicts how the Teranga Lions could line up in the quarter-final clash at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Sunday

  • CAN 2022 Sénégal Edouard Mendy Saliou Ciss

    Goalkeeper - Edouard Mendy

    The Chelsea shot-stopper remains Aliou Cisse's preferred no. 1 and he should keep his spot in the team, barring any late injury.

  • Bouna Sarr of Senegal Afcon 2021.

    Defender - Bouna Sarr

    Sarr has contributed immensely to Senegal's attack with his runs and crosses on the flanks. The Bayern Munich right-back also supports the defence with his blocks.

  • Saliou Ciss of Senegal in Afcon 2021.

    Defender - Saliou Ciss

    The Nancy left-back appears to have displaced Fode Ballo-Toure for a starting shirt. He was actively involved in the win over Cape Verde before his substitution in the final eight minutes.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Senegal

    Defender - Kalidou Koulibaly

    The Napoli centre-back remains Senegal captain and he is expected to continue his leadership role at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

    His presence has helped the Teranga Lions keep clean sheets in the last four games at Afcon.

  • Abdou Diallo of Senegal.

    Defender - Abdou Diallo

    Diallo has played every minute of Senegal's games this campaign and he appears to have formed a formidable partnership with Koulibaly at the centre of defence.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate of Senegal Afcon 2021.

    Midfielder - Cheikhou Kouyate

    Another key player in Aliou Cisse's team who has played in every game and his experience could be crucial in helping the Teranga Lions negotiate their way past Equatorial Guinea.

  • CAN 2022 - Sénégal-Zimbabwe - Idrissa Gueye

    Midfielder - Idrissa Gueye

    The PSG star is tipped to link the midfield with the attack and also contribute to dominating the middle of the park.

  • Ismaila Sarr of Senegal.

    Midfielder - Ismaila Sarr

    The Watford winger should get his chance to return to action on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury. He started full training on Wednesday and he should bring more creativity to the team's attacking play.

  • Boulaye Dia and Chembezi Denis in Senegal vs Malawi 2021 Afcon

    Forward - Boulaye Dia

    The Villarreal forward should keep his spot at the front as he provides more attacking options with Senegal hoping to draw the first blood in Sunday's clash.

  • HP ONLY Keita Balde Senegal Afcon 2022

    Forward - Keita Balde

    The 26-year-old is tipped to return to the line-up for his second start in the competition. Balde has only played two matches so far.

  • But Bamba Dieng Strasbourg-OM

    Forward - Bamba Dieng

    After scoring his maiden goal for Senegal in the 2-0 win over Cape Verde, Dieng remains a preferred candidate to replace Sadio Mane in the attack.

    Aliou Cisse would likely want the Liverpool star to start on the bench after suffering a head injury in the last match.