May 20, 2024

Liverpool star Sadio mane gets stadium named after him in Senegal

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane will have a stadium named after him in his native district of Sedhiou, following Senegal’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON].

The 29-year-old was one of the tournament’s highlights, scoring the game-winning penalty in a shootout against Egypt in the final to give Senegal their first AFCON championship.

His three goals and two assists for the West African nation earned him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, and now the mayor of Sedhiou, Abdoulaye Diop, says the region’s football stadium will be named after its favourite son.

In addition, the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, also gave the players money and real estate and awarded them the country’s highest order.

“Mane has honoured Senegal, the region of Sedhiou, and the whole (state) of Casamance,” the city’s mayor, Abdoulaye Diop, told Senegalese outlet Leral.

“I would like to give the name of Sadio Mane to the Stadium of Sedhiou, to express the recognition of all the daughters and sons of the region towards a man who made the whole humanity aware of Bambali and its regional capital, Sedhiou.

“Sadio Mane really deserves this gift.”

Located in south-western Senegal, Sedhiou is home to less than 25,000 people and has been made famous by Mane’s exploits with Liverpool and the national team. 

The stadium bearing his name is set to be completed by 2023.

The Liverpool star Sadio Mane won the heart of millions following charitable acts in his hometown by pledging money to build a hospital and school, contributing to constructing mosques, and providing funds to aid the fight against Covid-19.

Before the Champions League final back in May 2018, he gifted Liverpool shirts to locals in his hometown of Bambali so they could wear them during the game.

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