Afcon 2021: Sadio Mane From A Lesson To A Win

First of all, congrats to the lions of Teranga!

 

If you don’t know that’s Senegal, as they defeated Egypt in the AFCON (African Cup Of Nations) last month.

 

 I really had to think about this, as I had to pick a key lesson I took from all of this, that I know will help you.

 

I could have typed about the whole team, the fantastic job that Aliou Cissé (The head coach) did with the team, or countless players that played out of their skin & made it great comp to watch.

 

 I choose Sadio in the end because, I learned the most from him in this comp & I feel like he is overlooked, a second thought & after his win, I want to give him his flowers, as I’m not really seeing that in the mass media in the west!

 

So I really hope you get to the end of this, and take-away the lesson that I learned from Sadio, let’s gooo!

The First Penalty

This was very early on in the game against Egypt, it was in the 7th min if I’m not mistaken…

 

Anyway, Sadio did not look as confident as he normally does when he stepped up to take the penalty.

 

I think he was thinking too much about Gabaski (The Egyptian Goalkeeper) who was world-class in every game & saved a lot of penalties before this final.

 

I also believe his mind went into overdrive and thought, F this, I’m just going to smash and hope.

 

Even though it was a good penalty kick, I think mentally the first time around, he beat himself and the rep of Gabaski lived on, as he saved it, with a cat like dive.

 

Credit to Sadio who did not let that stop him for the rest of the game, he showed his mental strength.

One Path He Never Took

For the rest of the game, he could have acted like a spoilt child, and decided his downing tools.

 

I’m not naming names of footballers, but us that watch the game know those top players who have thrown their toys out the pram…

 

As they did not get it their own way, or bottled a final via a miss like a penalty.

 

This path would have led to his team looking to him, as Sadio is a leader, someone that is looked up to by many teammates and fans alike.

 

It could have killed the vibe of the fans & the rest of the team, but no…

 

He never took the road, an easy road, a road that would have led to his country gifting Egypt the cup, it’s the final after all & he chose to fight!

 

It’s easy to make it all about you & give up, but he never took that path, every time you do this for yourself too, you’re brave and strong no matter the outcome, as you chose the harder path.

 

Sadio Second Chance

So, after 90 mins the game between Senegal & Egypt was goalless, quite annoying, too, as Senegal should have really won this in normal time.

 

They were peppering Egypt, had them on the ropes, again and again but they could not score, Gabaski was making big saves for them.

 

This was something that went on even in extra time, and it really lead to something deeper, which I will talk about later.

 

Now we go to the penalties, bearing in mind that Egypt had been to extra time and penalties over and over again this comp.

 

Their confidence was threw the roof, Gabaski must of thought this was his time! & yet he let in 3 penalties, Egypt scored their first penalty, missed the second, scored the third & missed the fourth.

 

So, it was all on Sadio. If he had missed, it would have led Egypt back into the game, Mo Salah (Egypt’s main man) would have been able to take it, and make it 3,3 then they would go into sudden-death (If you miss, and they score you lose). So Sadio made sure, this time not to think too much about it.

He chose to go to the same place, hit it hard, but this time it was not about hope…

He aimed and fired the shot this time with curve, so power plus the aim of the curve made it unstoppable, even when Gabaski went the right way, he could not get his hand to it!

 

Then the whole crowd goes wildddd!

 

The rest is history, point being, stop over thinking every little detail. Go with what you already know At that moment, let what you have been doing guide you, all the days that came before the final got him to score that goal…

 

He shifted from over thinking to, the data he already has on Gabaski, he learned a lesson the first time and turned it around for himself.

 

Always back yourself, nobody really cares about his miss now, other than him I would have thought, as his gone on to lift the cup with his country!

 

This is a true champion mindset!

 

The Elephant In The Room

I cannot recall who said it, but I know what was said there is just something in the waters about Egypt you know.

 

In other words, they are going to win this at 0,0. Even though they, on the most part did not do much, the whole game.

 

This comment of course did not age well, the commentary team I was hearing had a preset idea, one they would not let go of, in which no matter what, Egypt win! Until of course they don’t LMAO!

 

To win in football you have to put the ball in the back of the net, until the game is over, it’s not over.

 

You can brainwash the audience, and move them into a trail of thinking, but you cannot change the result of what is going on, it’s between them.

 

I would urge those that take what they say as it, to really think for yourself and come to your own conclusion, as I felt it was very bias indeed.

 

It seems many are only begrudgingly giving him his flowers, yet this entire comp as far as the mass media was concerned it was set up for Mo Salah to win, with the headlines that he is the best player in the world.

 

Yet, the reality of it is, he has the losers’ medal, Sadio has the gold.

The truth can hurt, but it must be told!

I notice also, (At the time of typing this) the media is pretty much done with him, as it was not Mo that won.

 

Hmmm, I wonder what it could be ?

 

You know what it is & what a sad shame that this is not a universal win, as Sadio has given so much to charity in his country, built a hospital in his hometown & comes across as a really good man, with his mind on his football.

 

Playing for a certain team should not have no part to play in the praise a human being should get for their efforts, nor what they look like factor in them not getting their flowers.

 

We all have our fav players, but give credit where it is due, I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I’m glad that Senegal won, also for one am not a Liverpool fan, I’m not even from Senegal, but I am a fan of seeing good football, great players playing well & not classist/racist to those who don’t look like me.

 

I hope if you’re reading this, you can say the same too!

 


THAT’S IT!

I really enjoyed sharing this with you guys.

 

Please do let me know though…

 

What Was The Best Game You Watched In The AFCON ?

 

 How Was The Press Where You’re From For Sadio ?

 

Out Of 10, What Would You Give This Year’s AFCON ?

 

Until We Meet Again, Ciao

We Look Up

Karim David 

The Healthy One 

 

135 Comments

  1. Jaun Ryneveld March 9, 2022 at 8:33 am

    10!!!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks for letting us know 🙂

      Reply
  2. Marth Kotze March 9, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Seven.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Cheers for letting us know.

      Reply
  3. Johan Fouché March 9, 2022 at 9:51 am

    The press in France was all over Mo still 😂

    Reply
  4. Johanika Wilson March 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Six.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you for letting us know 🙂

      Reply
  5. Rynold Naudé March 9, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Eight.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Rynold 🙂

      Reply
  6. Aletta Moolman March 9, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Very harsh on Mo.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      I’m really not seeing that, It’s not even really about him, it’s the press… Thank you for your input tho.

      Reply
  7. Yaro Van Der Sandt March 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      Np at all.

      Reply
  8. Henrik Abildgaard March 9, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you, This is good advice.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      You’re welcome.

      Reply
  9. Tage Michaelsen March 9, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Good points made, I just enjoyed all the games.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      Cool, me too 🙂

      Reply
  10. Mikael Andreasen March 9, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    YNWA

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      It’s good for ya health too 😉

      Reply
  11. Kenny Drew Jones March 9, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    8

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  12. Leo Ladefoged March 9, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Nigeria 3-1 Sudan!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      This was a good game 🙂

      Reply
    2. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks for sharing this 🙂

      Reply
  13. Varnan Gray March 9, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    I gave it an 8 out of 10.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:27 pm

      Nice, thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

      Reply
  14. Latrelle Washington March 9, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Loved this!

    Reply
  15. Javion Spencer March 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I watch some of the games at Garoua std and it was nice to see in the flesh.

    Reply
  16. Javion Spencer March 9, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    *Roumde Adjia Stadium

    Reply
  17. Avondré Francis March 9, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Ten!

    Reply
  18. Urelles Barnett March 9, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Mane did very well, I enjoyed reading this!

    Reply
  19. Quandell Warren March 9, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    10/10

    Reply
  20. Darrell Bell March 9, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Senegal was the team I was rooting for, I’m so happy that they won.

    Reply
  21. Lenny Luli March 9, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Cameroon V Burkina Faso

    Reply
  22. Nyenty Bia March 9, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Ryan sent me here

    Reply
  23. Thibaut Bikoko March 9, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    It’s true, we all know why too. Thank you for speaking about this.

    Reply
  24. Sahndra Zanga March 9, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    nine.

    Reply
  25. Atem Zuma March 9, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Good advice.

    Reply
  26. Zeïnabou Anyeni March 9, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    This is great, I would say ten out of ten.

    Reply
  27. Onyama Inono March 9, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Very well said Karim. I never thought about what you said about Salah, but it’s true and it’s not his fault but the press.

    Reply
  28. Solène Lumumba March 9, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Put together nicely, well done.

    Reply
  29. Lee Heerdens March 9, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Egypts keeper is really good

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Facts! He was not even the number one as well crazzzy

      Reply
  30. Amelia Kogger March 9, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I gave it a nine.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Cool, thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply
  31. Philippus Anderson March 9, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the share.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Np 🙂

      Reply
  32. Efrem Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    I agree with you on this, very well said.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you Efrem… Lit last name 😉

      Reply
  33. Sammy Pete March 9, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Loved this, I love to learn about the mindset.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you for the love!

      Reply
  34. Adriaan Oosthuizen March 9, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    To see Mo lose, It is slightly satisfying int it!?! Lol

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Not really, for me I just feel they’re both good & we should speak about what is going on, not what we want.

      But this is how others can be, I was just having this convo with someone yesterday, & they just cannot let go of
      what’s in their head which is no reality just fabricated to their own ideal, even though they know ZERO about it.

      Reply
  35. Sigolène Ewaso March 9, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    I liked the final the most.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 9, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Cool 🙂

      Reply
  36. Martine Høj March 10, 2022 at 7:44 am

    9.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks for letting us know 🙂

      Reply
  37. Kelly Reiz-Munch March 10, 2022 at 9:27 am

    As a Liverpool fan I have to say you’ve got this spot on!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Aha, that’s good to know Kelly.. Thanks for the feedback = )

      Reply
  38. Peter Abildgaard March 10, 2022 at 10:41 am

    I love this, I’ve got to keep looking up.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Fr, keep doing it 🙂

      Reply
  39. Linda Sommer March 10, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Nigeria 1-0 Egypt game.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      This was a good game.

      Reply
  40. Jon Krog March 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I felt the same but out of place to say anything, They should have made more of a fuss for Him.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Oh I get it, well yeah I’m glad you see it though.

      Reply
  41. Roy Mølgaard March 10, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    10/10.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      = )

      Reply
    2. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you for letting us know Roy 🙂

      Reply
  42. John Kofod March 10, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Mane did not get half of what Mo Salah would have got if he won, that’s true.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Yeah, It’s really a shame, Leads to a much bigger issue that is bigger than football.

      Reply
  43. Sonny Toft March 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Eight out of ten.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 10, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you Sonny for letting us know.

      Reply
  44. Max Lund March 10, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Senegal 2-0 Cape Verde

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:38 am

      🙂

      Reply
  45. Cecilie Nissen March 10, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Ryan sent me here!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Heyy

      Reply
  46. Russell Dubois March 10, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    The press was really good, they covered the whole team.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Cool

      Reply
  47. Tanja Frost March 10, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    This was a really good read, Thanks for the share!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      You’re welcome!

      Reply
  48. Jessica Kjærgaard March 10, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    The press did a poor job of it all.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Yeah, I feel the same way.

      Reply
  49. Ray Berthelsen March 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Ivory Coast V Algeria

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      = )

      Reply
  50. Renell Henry March 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Ivory Coast vs Egypt

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      = )

      Reply
  51. Jeff Munk March 10, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    This was really good, thanks for doing this.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

      You’re welcome.

      Reply
  52. Kate Buch March 10, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    I’m really glad I found this, you did not have to do Mo like that though 🤣

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:40 am

      I never did, I think I was fair.

      Reply
  53. Mahlik Wallace March 11, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Senegal started off bad at afcon, but then did the same thing you talk about on here too.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 11, 2022 at 10:41 am

      That’s very true, thanks I never thought of that 🙂

      Reply
  54. Finn De Beers March 11, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    This is getting a share!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  55. Mike Sullivan March 11, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    8 for me.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      ok cool, thanks for giving your rating!

      Reply
  56. Ramello Alston March 11, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Burkina Faso did so well, I loved watching them play. Overall I would give it a seven.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Yeah they did a lot better than I thought, I would like to see them again real soon.

      Reply
    2. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for giving your rating too 🙂

      Reply
  57. Clayton Weir March 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for speaking up about this, it’s very good to learn from too.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      You’re welcome.

      Reply
  58. Mindy Grey March 12, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Nine

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      🙂

      Reply
    2. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Mindy.

      Reply
  59. Kesean Chambers March 12, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Chris sent me here.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Heyyy!

      Reply
  60. Keylon Prince March 12, 2022 at 6:40 am

    The press in the U.S just about made the back page!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Loool damn.

      Reply
  61. Tanzetanau Etémé March 12, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Cameroon VS Burkina Faso

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Yeah that was maad!

      Reply
  62. Salomon Obi March 12, 2022 at 9:27 am

    seven.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks for letting us know your rating Salomon 🙂

      Reply
  63. Sone Diboko March 12, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Cameroon did not do well so five.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      LMAO! you did ayt… you just did not win, I’m sure you will come again ASAP.

      Reply
    2. Karim March 12, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks for giving your rating, even though I can tell by what you said, it was a tough one.

      Reply
  64. Lencho Strydom March 13, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    The press was ok, but it should have been a lot more for him

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      Yeah, I would of liked to have seen that also.

      Reply
  65. Mathias Welisanè March 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the share bud!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      You’re welcome1

      Reply
  66. Bobby Kafilengule March 13, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Chris sent me here.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      Hey!

      Reply
  67. Luca Bènga March 13, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I never saw it like that, I just thought the keeper made a top save.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:09 pm

      Oh the pen you mean.. He really did not think it over that much, Only he will know for sure, but that’s how I saw it.

      Reply
  68. Rosie Konabang March 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Sign this classy man!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:10 pm

      WHO TRYING TO SIGN ME UP LMAO?! I’m good being an owner.

      Reply
  69. Safi Kaluba March 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I’m a huge Sadio Mane fan & I hope he reads this.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      Oh thank you man, yk koulibaly and the national team did!

      I was gassed fr.

      Reply
  70. Bern Pietersen March 13, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Why did Mo have to be dragged into this ?

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      I’m not dragging anyone, I’m highlighting a relevant point that I see. It’s not no shade on Mo, it’s not even him it’s the ones
      that are speaking about him on a match day, we can all have our fav ones… I’m just calling out bias treatment on steroids, for darker reasons
      Ohhh the irony 🙄

      Reply
  71. Natanaël Ibrahima March 13, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    God, the quality of this was poor. I’ll blamed Covid and all sorts of other nonsense for this though.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:17 pm

      Woww! Ok, that’s a first for me… But I respect your thoughts.

      Reply
  72. Emma Kumba March 13, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Liverpool came out of this very good.

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Lol, they sure did.. they have nearly closed the gap on City, it looks like it will be a tight end to the season.

      Reply
  73. Janine Ekindi March 13, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    This made my day!

    Reply
    1. Karim March 14, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Aw, bless!

      Reply

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