Liverpool football star and Senegal international Sadio Mane isn’t slowing down with his philanthropic endeavors back home as it was recently announced that the 29-year-old has donated £500,000 ($693,000) for the construction of a hospital in his hometown.
According to CNN, the England-based footballer paid a courtesy call on Senegalese President Macky Sall on June 10 to talk about the development of the health facility in his hometown of Bambali. The hospital will be equipped with facilities including consulting rooms as well as maternity and dental care departments. This would also be the first hospital in Mane’s place of birth.
“The Liverpool striker has presented the Head of State with an ambitious plan to build a hospital in Bambali and is counting on state support for medical personnel,” the Twitter account for the Senegalese presidency posted about the meeting and discussion.
Le footballeur Sadio Mané a été reçu cet après-midi par le Président @Macky_Sall. L’attaquant de Liverpool a présenté au Chef de l’Etat un ambitieux projet de construction d’un hôpital à Bambali et compte sur l’accompagnement de l’Etat pour le personnel médical. pic.twitter.com/aPBwtY8Iz7— Présidence Sénégal (@PR_Senegal) June 10, 2021
Mane also expressed his gratitude to the president for hosting him in a post on his Twitter account. “Very honored by the audience that the Head of State, His Excellency @Macky_Sall granted me. A good time to discuss football but also our social projects,” the Liverpool forward shared alongside photos of the meeting.
A respected hometown hero, this isn’t the first time Mane has funded a project in Bambali. In 2019, he donated over $300,000 for the construction of a school. During Liverpool’s Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspurs that year, he also gave out 300 club shirts to residents in his village so they could wear them as they watched the game, CNN reported.