Liverpool standout Mane, however, is attempting to fulfil his "wildest dream" as one of just a handful of Africans to win both the UEFA Champions League and Cup of Nations.
It was striking how two coaches who are good friends, who played against each other in their early days, and who were born just a day apart, expressed their joy with nearly carbon-copy acts.
Newly promoted Norwich City then travel to Anfield on August 9, in the opening Premier League fixture of 2019-20.
Not only is Algeria in better form coming in, but they have the rub of the grain as well.
Mahrez has responded with three goals, two of them gems. They are young in the coaching game at age 43.
"A team will be drawn from Pot 5 to play against a team that will be drawn from the same pot".
"What motivated me to become a coach was to be able to take Senegal to the final". Tell Hivisasa and we will share with the world.
Things have gone in favour of the Esperance forward since - he was part of the team that won the Tunisian league title as well as the Caf Champions League twice since returning from his drug ban, with the 2019 final of that competition still being contested and now scheduled for a replay after the Afcon. "We owe Harambee Stars an apology", journalist Linus Kaikai said.
"I have unlimited trust in my players, and I felt they wanted to achieve something", Cisse said.
Ighalo has a third-place playoff match against Tunisia still to play and if goalkeeper Mouez Hassen continues to be as erratic as he has been throughout the tournament, the former Watford man could fill his boots. After considering Carlos Queiroz for the role, the Algeria federation turned to French-born Belmadi.
The Egyptian looked leggy in the group stages and struggled to influence games despite scoring twice prior to their shock Round of 16 exit, while Mane has scored three goals but was largely anonymous as the Senegalese reached their first final since 2002 on Sunday.
The political activism of fans has made football metaphors such as "It's not a match, no to additional time", and "People 3, Power 0" common on the streets of Algerian cities. The 75,000-seat Cairo International Stadium is expected to be full for the final.