16th March 2017
Satou Toure didn’t believe her teenage son when he told her that he’d emigrated.
He’d left home a couple of years earlier, having climbed onto the first rung of the ladder in a profession she didn’t really want him to pursue.
But, when you live in the village of Bambali in the south west of Senegal, there’s quite a difference between your child settling in Dakar, your country’s capital, and Metz, a small city in faraway France.
Around 3,500 miles’ difference, in fact.
Sadio Mane leans forward in his chair, covers his face with his hands and laughs at the memory.
“I didn’t tell them, I only told my uncle. Even my mum, she didn’t know,” the forward recalls, when Liverpoolfc.com asks how he broke the news that he had joined FC Metz, his first European club, to his football-sceptic parents.
“I remember the first day I got there, to France. I was supposed to train but the coach said ‘stay at home’ and I didn’t have any credit on my phone card to call my mum.
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