Abdoulaye Diop, the mayor of the Senegalese province of Sedhiou, has revealed that the city’s new stadium will be named after Liverpool forward Sadio Mane. This will be a prize for his performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
After a goalless draw at the end of extra time, the 29-year-old struck the winning penalty kick to help Senegal defeat Egypt 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out. His penalty kick gave Senegal its first AFCON title in the continent’s history. He was named as the best player in the tournament, but his country still thinks he deserves more rewards.
Mane appeared in every game for the Teranga Lions in Cameroon, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. Mane’s AFCON victory crowned his successes as a native of Sedhiou, a region in Senegal’s south-west area, where he had previously won major titles with Liverpool FC.
“Sadio Mane has honoured Senegal, the region of Sédhiou and the whole of Casamance. Through this decision to give the name of Sadio Mane to the stadium in Sedhiou, I would like to express the recognition of all the worthy sons of the region towards a man who made known to the whole humanity, Bambi and its chief town, Sedhiou. Sadio Mane “richly deserves this gift,” said the politician.
Aliou Cisse’s men were welcomed by Senegal President Macky Sall in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday following their successful arrival from Cameroon. Each player was given the country’s highest honor, Grand Officers of the National Order of the Lion, by President Sall. They also received a 50 million CFA ($87,412) bonus and a 200-square-meter plot of land in Dakar.