In Profile: Kader Mangane

by Kate Smith

A closer look at Sunderland's newest recruit.

Tough tackling Mangane joins the long list of Africans to have graced the Barclays Premier League when he put pen to paper on his Black Cats contract.

Standing at an imposing 6’5in the Senegal international is best known for his no-nonsense displays at the heart of defence as well as his tough tackling, which will make him a hit with the Black Cats faithful.

Beginning his career in his native Senegal with Rail, Magane, who is as happy in the centre of the park as he is in defence, moved to Swiss outfit Neuchâtel Xamax in 2001 and spent six seasons there before spending a year at BSC Young Boys in 2007.

Kader then moved onto French side RC Lens before moving onto Stade Rennes a year later, during his time there he was part of the side that reached the final of the Coupe de France and won the Coupe Gambardella.

After four years and over 100 appearances for Rennes he moved on to Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in 2012 after his contract came to an end.

Kader has represented his country six times and was part of his country’s 2012 African Cup of Nations campaign.