Tuesday Jul 06, 2021. 17:00
Senegal international Sadio Mane has been described as a birthday or Christmas present by Senegalese Football Federation official Sam Diatta.
Mane recently made headlines around the world after it was announced that he had spent upward of £450,000 to build a hospital in his native village, Bambaly, in Senegal.
Diatta, who is Senegal’s Head of Delegation for the 2021 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, says the Liverpool FC star is loved by his countrymen.
“Sadio Mane is a present, like on your birthday or Christmas, when your father brings you a gift,” Diatta said during the Cosafa Show.
“Sadio Mane is a present for Senegal. A player like him is not just a sporting [gift]. This guy is doing something fabulous in Senegal.
“About a week ago he was commissioning a hospital he built where he came from. “That’s why people love him, not just because he’s a great player and did something exciting on the pitch for Liverpool, but simply because he is doing something socially in Africa.”
Considered to be one of the best wingers in the world, Mane is now reportedly financing a school at the cost of €270,000 in Bambaly and Diatta is a big fan of the 29-year-old player.
“We are praying for him and his career. Sadio Mane; he really is a present for Senegal. He is helping poor people, he is helping people who need to go to hospital, he is helping schools,” he continued.
“So no words to express the joy I have when talking about Sadio Mane.”
Mane has registered 23 goals in 75 appearances for Senegal since his debut in 2012, and currently ranks as his nation’s third all-time top goalscorer, and fifth all-time for appearances.