Star player: Sadio Mane
While Liverpool fans are counting the days Mane will be absent from their line-up, the Lions of Teranga are rejoicing at having the man who can lead them to finally being African champions. The holder of the fastest hat-trick in England’s Premier League, just under three minutes, is the spark that will ignite a star-studded Senegalese side that was easily blown out in the last Afcon.
Coach: Aliou Cisse
The former captain has vowed to cut off his dreads should he guide Senegal to winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in the country’s history. Apart from getting a new haircut, the 40-year-old is driven to rewrite his generation’s failures in 2002 when they lost in the final to Cameroon.