After guiding Senegal to their first continental title, Sadio Mane will have a stadium named after him in the south-western city of Sedhiou.
The Liverpool attacker netted the game-winning penalty as the Teranga Lions won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations 4-2 on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra time.
He won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) title for his three goals and two assists for the West African nation, and now the mayor of Sedhiou, Adboulaye Diop, has announced that the region’s football stadium would be dedicated after him.
“I would like, through this decision to give the name of Sadio Mané to the Stade de Sédhiou, to express the recognition of all the daughters and sons of the region, towards a man who makes known to the humanity as a whole, Bambali and its regional capital, namely Sédhiou,” Diop, who doubles as Senegal’s minister of culture and communication, was quoted as saying by the local media.
“Sadio Mané really deserves this honour.”
Mane earned the hearts of millions after committing money to create a hospital and school in his hometown, helping to mosque construction, and providing funding to boost the fight against Covid-19.
He gave Liverpool shirts to residents in his hometown of Bambali before the Champions League final in May 2018, so they may wear them throughout the game.
“There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village, so the fans can wear to watch the final,” said Mane.
Mane saw Liverpool’s amazing comeback against AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League final at Bambali when he was 13 years old. And he never forgets about his home.
Mane has come a long way from French club Metz to Liverpool, via Austria’s RB Salzburg and Southampton, to be regarded as one of the best players in the world.
The reigning African footballer of the year was eager to bring a big trophy to Senegal after winning the English Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool.
Mane said winning Senegal’s first Africa Cup of Nations is the highlight of his career after his team’s victory in Cameroon.