Sarr starts as Mane and Salah face off in Senegal-Egypt AFCON final
Ismaila Sarr was handed his first start for Senegal at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Sunday’s final against Egypt as Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah prepared to go head to head.
Watford winger Sarr arrived in Cameroon injured and made his first appearance in the quarter-final against Equatorial Guinea, coming off the bench to score in a 3-1 victory.
Sarr also came on as a substitute in the semi-final win over Burkina Faso, convincing coach Aliou Cisse to select him ahead of Bamba Dieng on the right-wing in the only change to their line-up.
Mane was selected to play on the other side of the attack for a Senegal side looking to win the Cup of Nations for the first time.
Egypt has won the title a record seven times, although skipper Salah is looking for his first AFCON crown having made his Pharaohs debut in 2011, a year after they were last African champions.
Emam Ashour of Zamalek replaced the suspended right-back Omar Kamal in the only change to the Egypt team that started their semi-final against Cameroon, which they won on penalties.
Coach Carlos Queiroz was suspended after being shown a red card on the touchline in that game.
Edouard Mendy; Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly (capt), Abdou Diallo, Saliou Ciss; Idrissa Gana Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate; Ismaila Sarr, Famara Diedhiou, Sadio Mane
Coach: Aliou Cisse (SEN)
Mohamed Abou Gabal; Emam Ashour, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Mahmoud Hamdy El Wensh, Ahmed Fatouh; Mohamed Elneny, Hamdy Fathy, Amr El Solia; Mohamed Salah (capt), Mostafa Mohamed, Omar Marmoush
Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)