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Senegal coach not worried about Mane's absence for Afcon opener

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is not concerned about the absence of talisman Sadio Mane when his team kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Tanzania in Cairo on Sunday. 

Mane is suspended after an accumulation of cautions in the qualifiers, and is only available from Senegal's second game in Group C of the tournament in Egypt. 

"We would have preferred to have him playing. He is our best player, but we have players to make up for his absence," said Cisse.

The coach also...

2019 Africa Cup of Nations ultimate preview: Salah, Mane & Co. ready to put on a show

The sense in recent years has been that, whenever African football takes a step forward, it quickly takes two back. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was a watchable, enjoyable tournament that was settled in thrilling style and showcased the best of what the continent has to offer. In 2018, that reputation took a hit as none of Africa's five representatives made it out of the World Cup's group stage.

The prevailing cliche is that without any truly world-class side, standards in Africa don't come...

Africans Abroad: African talent underpins Liverpool's European success

Liverpool's Champions League success in 2018-19 represents one of the most significant African contributions ever made to a European Cup-winning team.

The Reds defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday as they conquered Europe for the sixth time, and ended their 14-year wait for the continental crown.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a second-minute penalty -- the second-fastest goal in the fixture's history -- before Divock Origi added a second in the 87th minute to kill any hope...

Africa returns to prominence in the Champions League final

The past few years have seen a drop in African appearances in the Champions League final, but with both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur boasting prominent continental talents, the dearth will end on Saturday.

Between 2000 and 2012, Africa's players regularly made decisive contributions to Champions League-winning sides, only for the continent to enter a slump at the highest level of European competition.

No African player won the crown for five years, until youngster Achraf Hakimi with Real Madrid...


Mane tops Player Power Rankings as Silva, Mahrez split Man City vote

Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point.

Sadio Mane earned a share of the Golden Boot to top the Player Power Rankings, as our allegiances were split between a pair of Man City champions. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Liverpool's Mane, Salah share Golden Boot with Arsenal's Aubameyang

Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scored twice on the final Sunday to share the Premier League's Golden Boot award for top scorer with last season's winner Mohamed Salah.

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The achievement of the three African strikers left Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp especially proud as he has played such an important...