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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.

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