A stadium in the south-western city of Sedhiou, in Senegal has been named after the country’s football star, Sadio mane after he played a huge role in their maiden continental success.
Apart from his efforts during the tournament, the Liverpool forward used his influence to carry the team along and scored the winning penalty as the Teranga Lions beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties.
Interestingly, Senegal achieved the feat of winning their first Africa Cup of nations in the final game between Senegal and Egypt which ended in a goalless draw following extra time.
Mane also did well for himself to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after getting three goals and two assists for the West African nation.
According to the mayor of Sedhiou, Adboulaye Diop, the region’s football stadium will be named after its favourite son.
Diop, who is also Senegal’s minister of culture and communication, was quoted by the local media saying:
“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,”
“Sadio Mané really deserves this honour.”
Based on social impact, Mane has contributed to constructing mosques and providing funds to aid the fight against Covid-19, winning the heart of millions following charitable acts in his home town by pledging money to building a hospital and school.