Sadio Mane Celebrates 100th Cap with Brace as Senegal Dominates South Sudan in World Cup Qualifiers

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Senegalese football sensation Sadio Mane celebrated his 100th cap for the national team with a stellar performance, securing a 4-0 victory over South Sudan in the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

The Teranga Lions wasted no time asserting their dominance in the Group B match against South Sudan, with Tottenham midfielder Pape Matar Sarr finding the net just 40 seconds into the game. The early lead set the tone for what would be a remarkable night for the Senegalese side.

Sadio Mane, the former Liverpool and Bayern Munich star, showcased his scoring prowess, marking his 100th international appearance with a goal just four minutes after kick-off.

Adding to the goal tally, 19-year-old Lamine Camara confidently converted a penalty just before halftime, further solidifying Senegal’s control over the match. The prolific Sadio Mane wasn’t finished, striking again to bring the goal margin to an impressive four goals.

Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse, eyeing the upcoming challenge against Togo, strategically made several changes in the lineup, including substitutions for Mane and Sarr. The depth and adaptability of the Senegalese squad were on full display as the substitutions did little to diminish their commanding lead.

The Bright Stars of South Sudan managed to avoid conceding a fifth goal, with Senegal’s Habib Diallo’s effort disallowed for offside. Despite the disallowed goal, Senegal secured the top spot in Group B rankings, surpassing DR Congo based on goal differential after the first round of games.

Looking ahead, Senegal’s focus shifts to the Tuesday tie against Togo in Lome, where they aim to maintain their strong start in the World Cup Qualifiers. Sadio Mane’s exceptional performance not only propelled his team to victory but also emphasized his significance as a key player in Senegal’s pursuit of World Cup glory.

Meanwhile, in Group E, Tanzania kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Niger in an away game held in neutral Marrakesh, showcasing the competitive spirit that defines the World Cup Qualifiers.

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