By Brian Mboh
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
The head coach of Equatorial Guinea, Juan Micha Obiang has sought pardon towards Liverpool’s marks-man Sadio Mane following Carlos Akapo insults on the Teranga Lion’s forward after celebrating their qualification of the quarter-finals.
The tactician had to caution his left winger on the necessity of respecting his adversary and playmate. In a soft and well selected diction, Juan Obiang said:
“As the head coach of the Nzalang Nacional, l wish to extend my apology onto Sadio Mane. Our captain is a professional player and in no way should he express vulgar words on a football monument like Sadio.”
Substitutes Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr made decisive contributions as Senegal beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Sadio Mane completed 90 minutes despite the worrying head injury he suffered during the last-16 tie against Cape Verde. The Liverpool forward set up the opening goal with a pinpoint pass to Diedhiou, allowing the Alanyaspor striker to fire home at the near post.
Crystal Palace midfielder, Kouyate had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he capitalised on some woeful defending to restore Senegal’s lead after Jannick Buyla had cancelled out Diedhiou’s opener.
Sarr then finished off a superb move 11 minutes from time as he made his first appearance for club and country since scoring in Watford’s 4-1 win over Manchester United on November 20.
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