Sadio Mane has stadium named after him after Liverpool star’s heroics for Senegal in Afcon

SADIO MANE has been rewarded for his part in Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph… by having a stadium named after him.

The Liverpool striker, 29, converted the title-winning penalty as the Teranga Lions overcame Egypt in Sunday’s final.

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Mane’s match-winning penalty in the Afcon final has led to an entire stadium being named after him in his native SenegalCredit: Reuters

He also scored three goals and set up two more during the Cameroon-based tournament.

It was Senegal’s first-ever AFCON success, and cemented 89-cap Mane’s hero status in the west African country.

The mayor of his birthplace Sedhiou has now announced the town’s new football stadium will bear his name.

The future Stade Sadio Mane is currently under construction and due to open next year.

Mayor Abdoulaye Diop declared: “Sadio Mane has honoured all of Senegal, the Sedhiou region and the entire Casamance area.

“I have decided to name the Sedhiou stadium after him.

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“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 Mane truly deserves.”

Mane has previously donated money for hospitals, health centres and mosques in Senegal.

He and his Senegal teammates were all also gifted £64,000 each and two plots of land by the country’s president as a reward for their AFCON success.

The forward is due to return to Liverpool’s lineup for the trip to Burnley on Sunday.

Meanwhile club teammate Mo Salah, who Mane beat in the AFCON final, is already back on Merseyside and came off the bench in last night’s 2-0 win against Leicester.

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