Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Cameroon is saddened for Senegal, Africa, and Sadio Mane after his Bayern Munich teammate was ruled out of the World Cup.
African footballer of the year Despite suffering a leg injury in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen on November 8, Mane was named to Senegal’s 26-man squad and was expected to play in Qatar.
However, the former Liverpool forward’s World Cup hopes were dashed last Thursday when Senegal confirmed surgery would be required for the 30-year-fibula old’s problem, ruling him out of the tournament.
Choupo-Moting and Cameroon face Switzerland in their Group G opener on Thursday, but the striker appeared to be preoccupied with teammate Mane.
“I’m very sorry for him, as well as for Senegal and Africa.” “He’s a fantastic player and a fantastic person,” Choupo-Moting said on Tuesday.
“I’m delighted that he has joined us at Bayern. I’m very upset and sad for him because this injury happened so close to the World Cup.
“Injuries are always a part of the game; unfortunately, it came at the wrong time, but we’re all rooting for him.”
“He’s a positive person who will maintain his positive energy.” I’m hoping he’ll recover stronger.”
Cameroon has lost their last seven World Cup games (between 2002 and 2014), with only Mexico losing nine consecutive games at FIFA’s top tournament (from 1930 to 1958).
However, Rigobert Song’s team impressed with 14 goals at the Africa Cup of Nations, five more than any other team and the most since Egypt in 2010. (15).
Choupo-Moting has also scored nine goals in 14 games for Bayern, and he expects his efforts to pay off for Cameroon in Qatar.
“There is no secret; it is work; you must work and believe in yourself,” he continued. “I am aware of my abilities. I know I have a lot of strengths, and together with my teammates, each of us can make a difference.
“Every game is important, and Cameroon expects us to win every game.” We focus game after game. Switzerland comes first, and then we’ll see.”