AFCON 2021: Tough nut to crack – Jay Jay Okocha hails Mane

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Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has hailed Senegal forward, Sadio Mane, ahead of Teranga Lions’ AFCON 2021 quarter-final tie with Equatorial Guinea on Sunday night.

Okocha described Mane as a ‘tough nut to crack’ after the Liverpool star recovered from a concussion ahead of the Equatorial Guinea clash.

Mane has been cleared to play for Senegal against Equatorial Guinea after suffering a concussion during their round of 16 victory against Cape Verde a few days ago.

Speaking on SuperSport, Okocha said: “Sadio Mane is a tough nut to crack, I was surprised that he regained consciousness immediately after that clash.

“Of course, his presence is needed in this Senegalese side because he is their talisman and he’s been leading the team as well in this tournament.

“But like we said no team is a pushover, you have to earn the right to win your matches, you have to do your job and you must understand that.”