Sadio Mane’s success with Senegal at this year’s African Cup of Nations will be forever remembered with the striker having a stadium named after him.
Liverpool forward Mane became his country’s hero after being awarded the decisive penalty for the Teranga Lions’ victory over Egypt in the thrilling final.
He was equally prolific during the Cameroon showpiece, with three goals and two assists.
Mane has quickly become an icon in the West African nation, with their first-ever success at the AFCON, further underlining his talisman status.
Now the mayor of Sedhiou the 29-year-old’s hometown has revealed that a new area in the city will be dedicated to the superstar.
“Sadio Mane has honored all of Senegal, the Sedhiou region and the whole Casamance area,” said Abdoulaye Diop.
“I’ve decided to name the Sedhiou Stadium after him.
“With this I wish to convey to him the gratitude of all the sons and daughters of the region.
“He has made all mankind aware of Bambali and Sedhiou, the region’s main city.
Mané returned to training in Liverpool and playfully celebrated his country’s success in front of the camera
“This is a gift that Sadio Mane really deserves.”
The stadium is now under construction and is reportedly set to open next year.
Senegal’s win unsurprisingly sparked wild scenes in the capital Dakar, with Mane and his teammates being hailed as heroes.