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Sadio Mane breaks silence after marrying ’19-year-old bride Aisha Tamba’




Sadio Mane has made his first public comments since marrying his reported longtime partner Aisha Tamba, who is said to be 19 years old. The former Liverpool star is preparing for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The Senegalese football icon reportedly exchanged vows with Aisha Tamba in a ceremony believed to have occurred on January 7th in Keur Massar, a district in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. Despite efforts to keep their relationship private, their wedding earlier this week was attended by friends, family, and former teammates.

Mane, who is now focusing on the AFCON tournament in Cote d’Ivoire, is currently getting ready for the competition with his team, the defending champions.

Following the intimate ceremony where both the bride and groom wore white attire, Mane expressed his joy at the overwhelming number of congratulatory messages he has received as he looks forward to the upcoming tournament.

“Honestly, I am happy [with] the fact the president has congratulated me just as much as, well, I would say not just my team-mates,’ he said.

“I think that all the people have congratulated me and wished me [luck] so I am happy and I hope that it’ll be okay.”

Mane and the Senegalese national team have arrived in Cote d’Ivoire to complete their preparations for the upcoming AFCON tournament.

The Lions of Teranga have been placed in a group that includes two neighboring countries, as Mane mentioned. They will begin their title defense against Gambia, a nation almost entirely surrounded by Senegal, with the match scheduled for Monday in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of Cote d’Ivoire.

Following their opener, Mane’s team will face traditional football powerhouses Cameroon on January 19, followed by another local derby against southern neighbors Guinea on January 23. Both matches will also take place in Yamoussoukro.

“We are also aware of all that awaits us,” the 31-year-old said ahead of the tournament.

“We know that it will not be easy but what is certain is that we will get there, we will do everything we can and everything that is on our side to do you proud and especially the dream of everybody, that’s to say, to retain the title and it’s what we are going to try to do.

“Above all else, I think that the first match will be very decisive. After, as you said, it’s big teams, Gambia and Guinea are derbies, also Cameroon who need no introduction, but we are also Senegal. We are going to try to do the maximum.”

According to Pulse Sports, Mane had reportedly made a vow to marry Tamba from the very day they started dating, which was during his time at Liverpool.

The outlet also exclusively reported that Tamba is not on social media and prefers to maintain a private life, a quality that Mane had previously mentioned he was looking for in a potential partner.

In 2022, the 31-year-old had spoken out about the type of person 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,” he added.

According to reports, Tamba had been someone Mane had long intended to marry since her teenage years, although the exact duration of their relationship is not known.

Pulse Sports also reported that during her time in school, the former Liverpool star had taken care of Tamba’s bills, and he has also been supportive of her family.

Reportedly, Mane communicated his intentions to marry Tamba to his uncle, who is a friend of the family, which eventually led to their union.

Champions League

Xavi fires back at Enrique for claiming PSG would’ve won without red card



Xavi fires back at Enrique for claiming PSG would've won without red card

“Luis Enrique said that even without the red card PSG would have won anyway and he hopes you will be the coach of Barca for many years, what do you say?” Xavi was asked.

The Barca boss replied in a fiery tone, “I say NO to both.”

Xavi’s disagreement with Enrique’s celebration of PSG’s victory may indicate his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs at Barcelona, potentially hinting at a departure this summer.

Enrique’s exuberant reaction to PSG’s win, followed by comments boasting about his team’s superiority, contrasts with Xavi’s perspective and may suggest a difference in their visions for the club.

Despite PSG’s convincing win, it’s important to remember that Barcelona had a strong start in the match, leading by two goals at one point.

However, a pivotal moment came when Ronald Araujo’s decision to foul Bradley Barcola shifted the momentum in PSG’s favor, leading to their eventual victory.

PSG’s upcoming semi-final against Dortmund will be an intriguing matchup. During the group stage, Dortmund was unable to defeat PSG, indicating that the upcoming clash could be another challenging encounter for the German team.

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Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea



Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea

Cole Palmer’s remarkable four-goal performance against Everton on Monday evening has propelled him to the top of the Premier League golden boot race.

With 20 goals to his name this season, he is now neck and neck with Erling Haaland in the race for the prestigious award.

His scoring spree also highlights his incredible impact at Chelsea, as he has now scored more league goals in his first seven months at the club than Kai Havertz managed in three seasons, tallying 19 goals.

Palmer’s outstanding form has been instrumental in Chelsea’s climb up the Premier League table, bringing them within just three points of sixth place.

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Champions League

‘He’s had 48 hours’ – Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand



'He's had 48 hours' - Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

Bukayo Saka expressed frustration at not being awarded a penalty after a clash with Manuel Neuer during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

He confronted the referee at full-time and even followed him down the tunnel, a departure from Saka’s typically composed demeanor.

When questioned about Saka’s condition before the upcoming match against Aston Villa on Sunday, Mikel Arteta stated, “Yes, he looked fine this morning.”

“He’s had 48 hours to think about it and it’s done.”

Arteta chose not to address the incident after the game, but there was a general consensus that Saka’s contact with Neuer was minimal.

Saka faced criticism for his reaction, but given the high emotions of the game, such reactions were not uncommon.

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