Liverpool’s two stars, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, carry the hopes of the Egyptian and Senegalese teams ahead of the next World Cup qualifying match.
The direct confrontation between Salah and Mane is renewed for the second time this year, since the Senegalese emerged victorious and won the African Cup of Nations last February.
The World Cup qualifier therefore has the hallmarks of rehabilitation for Salah, while Mane looks to confirm his Liverpool colleague’s superiority.
“Al Ain Sports” reviews in the following report the imprint of Salah and Mane with the teams of Egypt and Senegal in the World Cup qualifiers throughout their international career.
Salah and Mane’s career is very similar, as the duo participated in 3 World Cup qualifiers in 2014, 2018 and 2022, and both earned the honor of participating in the World Cup once.
But the balance is relatively tilted towards Mohamed Salah, as he appeared in 18 World Cup qualifiers, during which he scored 11 goals and converted 9 for his teammates.
On the way to the World Cup (Brazil 2014), “Mo” scored 6 goals for Egypt, two goals in Guinea, one in Mozambique and 3 goals in Zimbabwe.
However, the forceful march was crushed on the rock of the Black Stars, with a historic loss to Ghana (1-6) in Kumasi, and a victory (2-1) in Cairo.
Four years later, Mohamed Salah played a prominent role in Egypt’s return to the World Cup after a 28-year absence by qualifying for the World Cup (Russia 2018).
On the way to the qualifiers, Salah scored 5 goals, 3 against Congo and one goal against Ghana and Uganda.
On the other hand, Salah’s imprint in the World Cup qualifiers (Qatar 2022) is the weakest in history, since he did not score in 5 group stage games against Gabon, Libya and Angola.
As for Sadio Mane, he scored 7 goals with 7 assists in 21 games for the Teranga Lions in World Cup qualifying.
Mane’s pace was “rising”. In the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, he scored just two goals against Liberia and Uganda, and his hopes of losing to Côte d’Ivoire in the decisive round were dashed.
In the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Senegalese striker also scored twice against Burkina Faso and Madagascar.
While Sadio Mane’s imprint appeared more clearly in the current qualifiers, as he scored 3 goals against Togo, Congo and Namibia.