Senegal’s star man Sadio Mane has ruled out taking any more penalties for his at the Africa Cup of Nations as they get set to tackle surprise outsiders Benin in the first quarter-finals game on Wednesday.
The Liverpool forward, who is tied with Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo in the Golden Boot race, had been taking penalties for the Terenga Lions in the tournament but has only scored one out of three he had taken.
The 27-year-old missed and scored from spot-kicks in a convincing group win over Kenya and fluffed another penalty when they edged Uganda in a last-16 encounter.
“I missed penalties in two games and that it is not a good ratio,” admitted the forward who shared the last Premier League Golden Boot award with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
Benin shocked Morocco, considered one of the strongest title contenders, by winning on penalties after playing most of extra-time a man short when Khaled Adenon was red-carded.
“This was the greatest achievement in Benin football history,” said veteran forward Mickael Pote.
“We may not be the best team in Egypt, but our team spirit is second to none.”