Sadio Mane ties the knot ahead of AFCON 2023

With AFCON 2023 fast approaching, Senegal superstar Sadio Mane has managed to push away the pressure that comes with being defending champions but fueled some excitement across the continent as he got married to his longtime fiance, Aicha Tamba, in a private ceremony.

The marriage ceremony took place today in Keur Massar, Senegal and was attended by close family members and friends.

The Senegalese footballer who loves to keep his love life private was never married up until now and he had to refute claims via social media in late 2018 that he was to have a wedding with a Tunisian lady that was to be held in the Stadium Olympique de Sousse in Tunisia.

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The two-time African Player of the Year who is well loved at home and by extension on the continent had only recently opened a stadium in his home village in Senegal – the Bambali Stadium which was built with his input and influence.

Sadio Mane to headline Senegal's AFCON 2023 squad

Having played on a muddy pitch back in June 2022 alongisde some friends, the Al Nassr forward had promised to give it a face lift in 18 months and that promise was delivered few days ago.

Mane will headline the defending champions in Ivory Coast when they begin their AFCON 2023 campaign against the Gambia on January 15 inside the Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussokro.

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