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Sadio Mane Reportedly Secures Contract For Childhood Friend To Join Bayern Munich

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Did Sadio Mane get his childhood friend a Bayern Munich contract?

Sadio Mane joining Bayern is the talk of town but several reports in Munich indicate that Desire Segbe Azankpo has also joined Bayern Reserve team on a two year contract.

Who is Désiré Segbé?

Segbé is a Beninese international who was scouted at an early age and sent on trials to Generation Foot Academy in Senegal. That was the same period Sadio Mane had also been brought to the Academy from his village Banbali.The two quickly formed a bond and became good friends.

According several interviews conducted by Mane, he and Segbe shared the same room and shared everything including food and clothes.

Mane would sometimes wear Segbe’s boots and vice versa. Segbe was a highly-rated striker at the academy with Mane playing as a midfielder.

After some few months, Mane was the first to be flown to FC Metz in France. It didn’t take long for Segbe to join him in France.

In 2019, Segbe revealed that, Mane had told Metz officials about his friendship with Segbe so the club kept him and Mane in the same room again.

They finally separated when Mane moved to RB Salzburg. Segbe got a terrible injury which slowed his career. After his recovery, he moved out of Metz but things didn’t turn out quite well with his career as it did for Mane.

Segbe went to play in Luxembourg, Slovakia etc. Despite this, he and Mane continued to stay in touch and claims he and Mane get in touch on FaceTime everyday. In 2019, Segbe got a move to Oldham Athletic in England. It was just 45mins from Liverpool so Mane asked him to come stay with him in his house.

During the 2019 Afcon in Egypt, Mane and Segbe’s countries faced in the Quarter Final match. This was the first time they met in a game. Senegal won 1-0 vs Benin and advanced but Segbe stayed to wait for Mane until the tournament was over.

They moved back together to England. When Sadio Mane got the Bayern Munich deal, he moved to Germany with Segbe Azangkpo for his medicals, signing and unveiling ceremony. If you saw someone with Mane throughout the process, that was Segbe.

When Mane won the African Best two weeks ago, he dedicated the title to his friend Desire Segbe Azankpo who he said has been a pillar in his life and stood behind him when things were tough. Azankpo’s deal with Dunkerque had ended and without a club and now moving with Mane.

Today, it is widely reported that Bayern have signed him for the reserve side, after a trial facilitated by Sadio Mane. This is also to allow him stay closer and help Sadio adjust quickly.

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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