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AFCON: SADIO MANE’S LATE PENALTY IN NEWLY CUSTOMISED BOOTS HELP SENEGAL SECURE FIRST WIN

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Farouq Oduola A.

Senegal won their first match of the AFCON competition, 1-0, against Zimbabwe, thanks to Sadio Mane’s late penalty taken in his newly customised New Balance boots.

A handball in Zimbabwe’s own half resulted in a penalty, which the Liverpool attacker calmly converted from the spot with his flashy boots just before the final whistle.

The 29-year-old, who has a contract with New Balance, has had a bright orange and blue boot custom-made for him to wear during the Cup of Nations.

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“The Lion Roars: Sadio Mane,” the laces say, referring to Senegal’s nickname, “The Lions of Teranga.”

Despite the absence of key players such as Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal remains a strong contender to win the tournament.

Teammate, Mohammed Salah, also had his own Adidas boots customised as he prepares for Egypt’s first game of the competition against Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

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