The obvious humility of Sadio Mané, named for the BBC trophy in 2018, of the African footballer


This week, BBC Africa presents the five players nominated for the African Football Trophy of BBC 2018. First, Sadio Mané, the striker of Liverpool and Senegal.

After scoring the first goal in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Leicester City in early September, Sadio Mane might have been happy to celebrate. But the modest 26-year-old Senegalese striker has chosen to help clean up the toilets of a Liverpool mosque. The image, widely shared on social networks, contrasted with the stereotypical image of the "spoiled" Premier League footballer.

Mané is happy to be out of the limelight, according to the Imam of the Al Rahma Mosque in the Toxteth district of Liverpool. "Sadio asked that no video be sent, he wanted to be discreet and did not advertise," said Abu Usamah Al-Tahabi.
"He often comes to the mosque, he has a Bentley at home, but he comes to us in a banal car, so he is incognito, he is not someone who is looking for light."

This humility is evident in Mané
Before the final of the Champions League in May, he offered Liverpool jerseys to the residents of his hometown, Bambali, Senegal.
"There are 2,000 people in the village, I bought 300 Liverpool shirts to send to the locals so that fans can dress to watch the final," said Mane.

It was at Bambali that Mané watched Liverpool's famous return to AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League final at the age of 13.

Your home is never far from your mind.
"Sadio comes from a poor community, he is the kind of person who will help, he has many initiatives and helped build a mosque in his home village," added Al-Thabi.

O 5 the nominees for this year are: Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).



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