Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane has ‘married his 18-year-old long-term girlfriend’ Aisha Tamba in his homeland of Senegal. The 31-year-old tied the knot with his partner on Sunday in a private ceremony in Keur Massar, an area in the capital city of Dakar, just six days before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Reports in Senegal claim Mane met Aisha when she was 16 but it is not known how long they have been dating. The teenage student, who is said to be in her final year at a private college in Mbao, also had her school bills paid for by the Al-Nassr star, according to Pulse Sports. The legal age of consent in Senegal is 16.
Photos of the wedding have been published on Instagram by photography company @Magvision_Evens_Officiel. Mane, who spent eight years playing in England with Southampton and Liverpool before his 2022 move to Bayern Munich, can be seen kissing his partner’s hands and cuddling up to her.
One picture shows the couple sitting below a display of roses, with the words ‘Mrs Mane’ imprinted on the wall in gold lettering. Sene.News report that she was born in Casamance, a town neighbouring the village where the footballer was born and also speaks Mandingo and is a private person like her new husband.
The wedding photos shows Mane wearing a white thobe and Aisha in a fitted, lacey white dress with henna on both of her hands. Mane had never made it public that he was in a relationship during his six years at Liverpool, which came to an end in the summer of 2022.
Speaking about the type of girl he would like to marry, Mane said, as per the Tribune: “I’ve seen a lot of girls asking me why I am not married, but sorry you might be wasting your time. The woman I marry will not be on social networks,’ Mane said according to Tribune.
“I want to marry a woman who respects God and prays well. Everyone has their own way of making their choice of love.”
The 31-year-old is set to feature at the Africa Cup of Nations for his country this month, with Seneral’s first match coming against Gambia on Monday the 15th. His new wife will reportedly remain committed to her studies while he is on international duty.
Mane currently plies his trade in Saudi Arabia alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Al-Nassr. He joined the mega-rich Saudi side in the summer following a nightmare one-year spell in Germany with Bayern.
His deal with the Pro League side sees him earn a staggering £650,000-a-week.