Sadio Mane revealed his mum and uncle had wanted him to marry a 14-year-old girl in footage from an uncovered interview.
The former Liverpool star last week married his 19-year-old girlfriend Aisha Tamba in a ceremony in Senegal.
The wedding is believed to have taken place on January 7 in Keur Massar, an area in the capital city of Dakar, just six days before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations on January 13.
Reports claim Aisha ‘was long intended for the 31-year-old footballer since her teenage years’ though it is not known exactly how long they have been dating. The legal age of consent in Senegal is 16 years of age.
It was also reported by Pulse Sports that Mane had taken care of her bills when she was in school.
Sadio Mane has married his ’19-year-old long-time girlfriend’ Aisha Tamba
The wedding took place in a private ceremony in his home country of Senegal on January 7
The couple holding hands and smiling with a floral background behind them
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Footage from a 2019 interview with Orange Senegal since emerged, where Mane was posed a range of questions, including about the prospect of marriage.
The forward revealed he had refused suggestion from his mum and uncle to marry a 14-year-old girl.
‘No, in fact I wanted to get married but you know that marriage is a bit complicated,’ Mane said in the interview.
‘I would have liked to get married, but you know that with parents also, that’s another thing, they are complicated.
‘I remember one day, my mum and my uncle wanted me to marry [as it is done in the villages] a 14-year-old girl.
‘[Calling to someone off camera] Idy, it was 14 right? I believe that she will be 15 this year but I had refused.
‘But no worries, if I mind my soul mate, I will get married straight away.’
Mane previously revealed in a 2019 interview that he has refused a suggestion from his mum and uncle to marry a 14-year-old girl
Mane confirmed his marriage to Aisha, 19, with the forward sharing photos of their wedding on social media.
The photos show Mane and his wife, who grew up in the Casamance area of Senegal and is the daughter of an architect, holding hands and posing after the ceremony.
One image shows the pair sitting below a display of roses, with the words ‘Mrs Mane’ imprinted on the wall.
A video posted on X (formerly Twitter) by @abdullahayofel showed the two smiling and laughing as they sat together on a sofa after their wedding.
It was captioned: ‘A very simple and humble man, congratulations Sadio Mane. May Allah bless your union.’
The wedding photos show Aisha wearing a mermaid-style intricate, fitted, lacey dress, with long sleeves and a silky veil.
Other photos show a second outfit – a silk white top and skirt combo, which she has teamed with a chunky gold necklace and earrings. The bride also has henna on both hands.
Mane is seen wearing traditional Senegalese dress in the pictures.
During his time at Liverpool, Mane had not publicly announced any relationships.
Reports claim Aisha ‘was long intended for the 31-year-old footballer since her teenage years’
Sadio Mane kisses the hand of his new bride in a wedding photoshoot
The footballer is seen affectionately fixing his bride’s veil in the wedding photos
Back in 2022, he had however spoken out on the type of person that he would marry.
‘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,’ Mane added.
The footballer first spotted Aisha when she was 16 but he did not approach her formally at the time, according to Sports Brief.
However, he reportedly communicated his intentions to his uncle, a friend of the family, which led to their eventual union.
Senegal coach Aliou Cissé said: ‘The whole national team, including me, we asked him [Sadio] all the time: ‘When are you going to get married?’
Aisha was born in Casamance, a town which borders Bambali – the village where Mane is from and where he has donated money for a hospital to be built.
He has also provided funds for a mosque, a school, a petrol station and given learning materials to students in his community, the Bayo News Network reports.
He spent over £700,000 on new buildings to transform his village.
In 2022 he visited the £455,000 hospital he financed the previous year, which serves 34 villages in the surrounding area.
The kind-hearted footballer, who has also built a £250,000 public secondary school in the village, was filmed opening a new fuel station.
Mane has joined up with his Senegal team-mates as they bid to defend their AFCON title
He provided each family in the village with a monthly €70 support package and offered €400 to the best achieving students at Bambali High School.
Aisha is said to be a student at the Cabis School in Grand Mbao Baobab, Senegal, according to Essentially Sports.
She reportedly speaks Mandingo, a language spoken in parts of Senegal and The Gambia, and which her new husband also speaks.
Aisha is not on social media, and will reportedly remain committed to her studies as Mane kick-starts the Africa Cup of Nations as Senegal seek to retain their title.