African star donates R9.9m for hospital

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One of African football's biggest stars has made a massive donation towards the building of a hospital in his home country. 

Reigning African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane has made a generous donation of £500 000 (R9.9 million) towards the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Bambali in Senegal, according to The Sun.  

The hospital will have an Accident & Emergency department, maternity care, dental facilities and consulting rooms. 

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"The Liverpool player came to tell the head of state about his social initiatives, notably the building of a hospital at Bambali," a tweet from the president of Senegal's official Twitter account read. 

"He sought the state's assistance in providing medical staff for it." 

According to CNN, Mane had previously donated close to £250 000 (R4.9 million) to help build a school in Bambali in 2019.

The Senegal international is a popular figure in his homeland, and in 2018, the 29-year-old gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to his home village so that residents could wear them during the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final between the Reds and Real Madrid, according to The Guardian. 

Having featured in Senegal's friendlies against Zambia and Cape Verde earlier this month, scoring a goal in both matches, Mane is set to begin pre-season training with Liverpool on 12 July.

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