Yako.co.ke presents the Full Story of a Football Star best known by the Nickname; ‘Said‘.
- Back in 2016 Mane recalled a brilliant story of his first trials in Senegal.
- After travelling 500 miles to Dakar, he was tested to enter the academy.
- One older man looked at Sadio like he was in the wrong place.
- He was shocked by how awful Mane’s boots and shorts were.
- ‘I told him what I came with was the best I had’.
- When Sadio got on the pitch, however, he instantly silenced all the doubters.
Our version of Sadio Mane’s Biography and Childhood Story brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little-known facts about him. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Sadio Mane Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
For Biography starters, Mane was born on the 10th day of April 1992 in Sedhiou, Senegal. Sadio Mane grew up in the small village of Bambali, deep in the south of Senegal. A village with a population of just 24,213 – about 5% that of Liverpool.
While growing up, he lived with his uncle, as his parents had lots of children and could not meet up financially with his basic needs.
Mane remembers himself as a 15-year-old, digesting just how much he’s progressed from the street player with stardust in his feet, but a limited understanding of the game.
Biggest Childhood Inspiration:
Sadio Mane’s biggest inspiration to become a footballer came from the big excitement of 2002 during the World Cup where his country, Senegal, got to the quarter-finals in their first appearance at the showpiece.
Beating holders in France in the opening match was a miracle he never forgot.
Sadio Mane Biography – After the 2002 World Cup:
A lot changed for Mane after the 2002 World Cup which saw his country performing at its peak. He was part of a group of small boys who started taking football seriously.
In the beginning, they never accept it, but the more they saw how much he wanted it and that there was nothing else for him, they helped me.
His uncle and parents sold all crops produce from their farms to raise money for Mane.
Sadio Mane’s talent was so obvious and inspiring, even people who didn’t know Mane pulled together to ensure he had the best possible shot at pursuing his only passion.
“My uncle was the biggest help, but not the only one at the start, almost everyone in my village contributed monies for me.
When I moved to Dakar’s suburbs, I went to live with a family that I didn’t even know. I only offered them a few monies and explained my motive before they allowed me in.
Although, my family knew someone who knew them, and he took me to their house at first. They took me in, they took care of me and did everything to help me just worry about football.”