Mane reveals he was ready to sign a “ill contract” in order to play for Senegal in AFCON QF.
“When I got injured against Cape Verde (in AFCON Round of 16) and I had concussion, I never talked about it that day,” Mane told Pro Direct Soccer France, per Goal.
“Liverpool put pressure on the federation and wrote a letter to FIFA that I needed at least five days rest so that meant I was to miss the quarter-finals.
“Our national team doctor also had to follow those rules. When they told me that, I called the coach and told him ‘The doctor does not want me to play but you have to put me in the starting 11’.
“I called the federation president and told him we need to have a meeting because I have to play. I could give up my life.”
“I said ‘I know I shouldn’t play but let us have a contract. It will be my responsibility, I will sign’. If I die, they have to say it is my fault. No one’s fault. They said ‘Sadio, you cannot play’ but I said ‘no, no, it is out of the question’.