AFCON: Sadio Mane says ‘everything is fine’ after suffering concussion
- The Liverpool star had collided with Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha during their AFCON match
- Both players fell onto the pitch and struggled to stand up
- Mane continued to play for 10 more minutes while Vozinha was stretchered off the pitch
Sadio Mane sustained a nasty head blow during Senegal’s 2-0 victory over Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday but has told supporters “everything is fine” from his hospital bed.
Just before the hour mark at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam, Mane jumped in the air to head the ball but instead, he found himself colliding with Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha.
Vozinha had raced out of his area and tried to head a ball clear with Mane chasing it down. Vozinha clearly sustained a concussion as he tried to get up afterwards and ended up staggering around. Referee Lahlou Benbraham had shown him the red card but he was not around to see the card as he left on a stretcher.
The collision saw Mane falling to the pitch and struggling to walk. However, after initial treatment on the pitch, he was allowed to continue to play the match.
The 29-year-old Liverpool forward soon after opened the score for Senegal, but the decision to continue to play turned out to be imprudent. He should have been immediately taken to the hospital for a concussion test.
Mane was substituted 10 minutes later in the match as he started showing discomfort. It was then he was taken to hospital for tests, while his teammates celebrated a 2-0 victory over nine-man Cape Verde.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Mane shared a photo of himself alongside Vozinha at the hospital, relieving concerns over his health.
“Thank god everything is fine,” he wrote. “Thank you all for the messages.”
Senegal are next to play the winner of the Mali-Equatorial Guinea match on Sunday in the quarterfinal of the tournament in Cameroon.
While it remains to be seen whether Mane will be passed fit to start in that tie, it seems possible given the time between fixtures and his positive message after treatment.