Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse has warned his players they have done nothing yet as they prepare to welcome back Sadio Mane for their Africa Cup of Nations showdown with Algeria.
The Liverpool front man sat out the opening 2-0 Group C win over Tanzania through suspension, but could return for Thursday’s clash with Les Fennecs in Cairo.
Algeria also won first time out – they beat Kenya 2-0 – and victory for either side would leave them in pole position to top the group, although Cisse is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead of a clash with familiar foe Djamel Belmadi’s men.
He said at his pre-match press conference: “We want to make our people and country proud. Our team is full of quality, but we haven’t qualified yet.
“Belmadi is a top-class tactician, but we have our style of play and philosophy too.”
Belmadi knows exactly what is at stake for his team, but insisted the game will not prove decisive whatever happens.
He said: “Everyone is waiting for Senegal v Algeria because it’s a game between two top teams with top players. I know Cisse well and he knows me – we’re from the same generation.
“It’s an important game, but it’s not crucial. We want to win it.”
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Derby have given Chelsea permission to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.
Lampard, the Blues’ record goalscorer, has been strongly linked with the job since Maurizio Sarri left the role this month.
A statement issued by Derby read: “Derby can confirm they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions. The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”
Derby reached the Championship play-off final under Lampard, losing 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley last month.
While missing out on promotion was hugely disappointing, it represented a good first season in management for the 41-year-old, who has since been in talks about a new contract with the Rams.
Chelsea would have to pay compensation to take Lampard away from Pride Park as he has two years remaining on the deal he signed last summer.
The former England midfielder made 648 appearances for the Blues, scoring 211 goals and winning 11 major trophies.
If he does take over at Stamford Bridge, he will inherit a transfer embargo after Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA – a decision the club are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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Egypt and Mohamed Salah trained on Monday at the Military Academy Stadium in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations match against DR Congo on Wednesday – against the backdrop of a social media scandal involving some of the team.
A few hours after Egypt beat Zimbabwe in their opening game, Egyptian model, Meryhan, accused four of the players, including Amr Warda, of harrassing her after photos were posted on the Instagram website.
A few hours after the incident, Amr Warda decided to close his official account on Instagram.
It remains unclear if any action will be taken against the players involved.
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