Abdoulaye Diop, the mayor of the Senegalese province of Sedhiou, has revealed that the city’s new stadium will be named after Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mané as a reward for his efforts 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, securing the country’s first Afcon title. Mane appeared in all of the Teranga Lions’ games in Cameroon, scoring three goals and assisting on two others.
According to the mayor’s speech on Sports News Africa, he said,
“Sadio Mané has honoured all of Senegal, the Sedhiou region and the entire Casamance area. I have decided to name the Sedhiou stadium after him. In doing so I wish to convey the gratitude of all the sons and daughters of the region towards him. He has made all of mankind aware of Bambali and Sedhiou, the region’s main town. This is a gift that Sadio Mané truly deserves.”
Mané’s win at the Afcon crowned his successes as a native of Sedhiou, a region in Senegal’s south-west. The Liverpool star has also won significant trophies with his club, including the Fifa Club World Cup, Uefa Super Cup, Uefa Champions League, and Premier League.
Aliou Cisse’s troops were welcomed by Senegal President Macky Sall in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday following their successful arrival from Cameroon. Each player received the country’s highest honor, Grand Officers of the National Order of the Lion, from President Sall.
In addition to the honor, each player and member of the coaching staff earned a 50 million franc CFA (AUD$121,860) bonus and a 200 square metre plot of land in Dakar, the country’s capital.