The Metz midfielder says the junior Teranga Lions will not be humiliated at the forthcoming 2012 London games, and will stun many pundits
The Senegal Under-23 team playmaker Sadio Mane said on Tuesday that his side would make an impact at the 2012 Olympic Games men’s football tournament set for the end of July in London.
The 20-year-old midfielder with French Ligue 2 side Metz said Senegal would not be going to the Games to suffer humiliation, but they will instead be a surprise.
“We’ll play our game and try to break down those teams pundits consider as top flights in order to make an impact in the tournament,” Mane, who is holidaying in Dakar, told Senegal press agency.
He added that his team-mates were not intimated by the presence of hosts Great Britain and Uruguay in Group A, but were rather motivated to have their say not only in the group but in the entire showpiece.
Senegal defeated Oman 2-0 in Coventry, England last April to clinch their first Olympic Games ticket to the men’s football tournament, joining Gabon, Egypt, and Morocco as African representatives.
The tournament will take place between July 26 and August 11.