Senegal forward Sadio Mane has excited fans after posting images and a clip of himself playing in the rain on a muddy field with locals in his hometown of Bambali.
Mane joined Senegalese legends Papiss Cisse, the by former Newcastle striker, as well as ex-Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf, alongside international team-mate Mbaye Diagne in the kickabout with some locals from the village.
“Back to the source with a gala match on the Bambaly pitch where it all started!!! A big thank you to my brothers @papissdembacisse @mbayediagne909 @desire.segbe and without forgetting my lifelong idol, sacred @elhadji_diouf11_officiel,” Mane wrote in a post online.
The 30-year-old is known for his numerous charities in Bambali where he has helped build a hospital, a school as well as a mosque, and fans were in awe at his humility for trading the well-manicured pitches he is used to for the rough, muddy surface.
Sadio Mane home village— supermane10 (@supermanelfc) June 15, 2022
No matter the weather the Mane man helped organise a Football match ⚽️with locals SM10 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bLnmqVu5Yo
Sadio Mané has promised to modernize the Bambali pitch within five to six months.— Thierry Nyann (@nyannthierry) June 16, 2022
After the Gala match played in the rain with his childhood friends——the Liverpool forward announced the construction of a synthetic turf for his people.
What a man👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/R0RCg66oKR
Nothing to see here. Just Sadio Mane playing football in the rain with his people in bambaly. ❤️🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/TzWkHQnyKR— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) June 16, 2022
Sadio Mané involved in a community football match whilst on holiday in his hometown Bambali. pic.twitter.com/laofJT9G5P— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) June 15, 2022
Sadio Mané pictured playing a community football match in his native town Bambali in Senegal, despite the downpour. pic.twitter.com/3fXG5mtzUi— Africa Archives ™ (@Africa_Archives) June 16, 2022
Sadio Mané pictured playing a community football match in his native town Bambali, despite the downpour. pic.twitter.com/hvWpRna5XZ— Yaw Ampofo Jr (@Yaw_Ampofo_) June 15, 2022
Sadio Mané has promised to modernize the Bambali field in six months.— Yaw Ampofo Jr (@Yaw_Ampofo_) June 16, 2022
The Liverpool forward will construct an artificial grass turf for his people.
Mane played the Gala match in the rain with his childhood friends on the Bambali pitch. pic.twitter.com/CKfLmaQl4s
Sadio Mané went to play football in his home village in Bambali with his childhood friends.— ICE MONI (@Ice_Moni2) June 16, 2022
The rain could not stop the senegalese super star from reminiscing his childhood football moments as he also presented the AFCON trophy to his village people.
Enough respect ❤ pic.twitter.com/ViElORWWRL
Sadio Mane returned to the pitch where it all began for him in his village Bambaly in Senegal to play a local match yesterday. 👌🏾🙌🏾— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) June 16, 2022
With him is his idol El Hadji Diouf, Papiss Demba Cisse, Mbaye Diagne and Désiré Segbe of Benin. pic.twitter.com/f6jjjrnU3B
Sadio Mané is the most humble man in football and I won't have anyone tell me any different.— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) June 16, 2022
What a guy. 🙌🇸🇳❤️ pic.twitter.com/uZZjIh21tW
Sadio Mané involved in a community football match whilst on holiday in his hometown Bambali. Respect!👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/e4W8li2Kn6— Local GaddafY 🦅 (@GaddafiY__GB) June 16, 2022
Some fans are just delighted by Mane's acts of kindness.
Sadio Mane will pay for a new grass pitch to be installed in his home village within the next few months SM10 ♥️ 🌟 pic.twitter.com/QmoMTAQbJu— supermane10 (@supermanelfc) June 16, 2022
Sadio Mane in his village :— The Red 🔴 Johnsen (@JohnsenStle) June 16, 2022
➡️ Built a school worth €270.000
➡️ Built a hospital worth €530.000
➡️ Gives each Family €70 monthly
➡️ Provides free clothes to kids
➡️ Access to the 4G Network thanks to his partnership with Orange
➡️ Gas station through Oryx Senegal soon pic.twitter.com/Yyd0wo62Y5
Sadio Mané will modernize the Bambali pitch by constructing a synthetic turf within five to six months.— Eric Njiru (@EricNjiiru) June 16, 2022
“Back to the source with a gala match at Bambaly ground where it all began”, he said.
Sadio Mane has had busy few days on holiday.— Mimi Fawaz (@MimosaFawaz) June 16, 2022
Took Afcon trophy 🏆 to show around his hometown & then played a football match with his childhood friends & legends.
Now it’s reported that will build in 6 months an Astro turf in Bambaly to help future stars where he grew up. pic.twitter.com/B4a2pMCy6Q
🚨 GORGEOUS! Currently on holiday, Sadio Mane decided to head to his home village in Bambali to have a match with his childhood friends 😍— Fans Connect Club (@fansconnectclub) June 16, 2022
Never forget your roots!#FansConnect #Afrosport #Freedomofsport pic.twitter.com/QUnFdQ9SVl
Mane has been linked with a move away from Liverpool with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich reportedly having sealed personal terms with him before agreeing a fee with the Reds.
He has enhanced his status as one of the world’s top forwards with his 120 goals in 269 games in six years at Liverpool.
The all-time Senegal leading scorer, who has 33 goals for his country, netted 23 last seasons as the Reds won a Carabao and FA Cup double before they were pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City and the Champions League crown by Real Madrid.
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