“From A Laughingstock To Africans Champion” – Sadio Mane Speaks About His Adventures
Sadio Mane has spoken about the beginning of his adventure when he decided to join football.
The Senegalese professional footballer, Sadio Mané has spoken after he finalized a win for Senegal in the 2021 AFCON held in Cameroon.
Senegal defeated Egypt 4:2 at the finals of African Cup of Nations in a penalty shootout after 120mins of goalless draw.
Sadio Mane, who was on top of the tournament, helped his national team to excel, through to the final, where he manned a win for Senegalese team.
During the penalty shootout, two of Egyptian players missed their shots. Even though Senegal also lost a shot, Sadio Mane, who was the only hope for their win did not fail the team. Sadio netted the penalty shootout neatly and made Senegal record its first time AFCON championship.
Speaking on his journey as footballer, Sadio Mane disclosed that he left home without telling anyone except his best friend. That he even walked for a long time to meet his friend for loan so he could board bus to Dakar.
“I left without telling anyone, apart from my best friend. I walked for a long time to meet up with a friend who loaned me some money so that I could take the bus to Dakar.”
“I immediately took part in training sessions at recognised teams”, he added.
He revealed that there were about 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance, where it started badly for him because he was laughed at when he presented himself. He added he did not look like a footballer.
There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were “waiting in line for their chance, it started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at. I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with the wire the best I could.”
He disclosed that people who oversaw his trials looked at him with bizarre facial expression, asking if he really wanted to become a footballer.
“Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizzare facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’ I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure”, he expressed happily.