The father of Sadio Mane’s young bride has claimed the pair had a traditional arranged marriage and did not date or spend time together before they exchanged vows. The Al-Nassr forward got married to Aisha Tamba in an Islamic ceremony on January 7 in Keur Massar, Dakar, Senegal. He’s since joined his international team-mates for the Africa Cup of Nations, with Senegal playing their opening game on Monday.
And now Amadou Tamba has opened up via Univers Info TV on how his daughter met Mane. In comparison, Mane is 31 and the two first met “more than two years ago” when Aisha was visiting family with her mother.
“My wife and Aisha visited their (Mane’s) family one day, and this is where he met her for the first time,” Tamba explained. “He probably saw something special in her and his parents appreciated her as well.
“They came to see me. We discussed as per the tradition, agreed on everything and waited for this day to happen.” He also added: “They were not dating because Aisha was still young.”
Tamba works in the construction industry and has worked for the Mane family for a decade. And he also voiced his delight that the ex-Liverpool player was now part of the family.
“I knew that Sadio and all his family are very good and humble people,” he added. “Sadio is just the reflection of his family. However, as a father I also needed to know more about him, his education, his faith in God, humility. And I came to know much more that he is a good person.”
“Sadio and I talk much about the projects, but we also talk about life in general and he taught me a lot, although he is still young. He knows a lot about life, and I learnt much from him. So, that’s why I didn’t hesitate to accept his request to marry Aisha.”
Mane and co will get the defence of their title underway against Gambia. The Premier League winner has already cemented hero status in his homeland, and currently has 40 goals for his country in 101 games.