Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
September 19, 2023 at 6:43 AM
Sadio Mane was sighted reciting his Islamic prayers ahead of Al-Nassr's Champions league tieThe 31-year-old is a devoted Muslim and actively participates in religious activities wherever he finds himselfHe would hope to continue his recent goal-scoring spree against Persepolis on Tuesday
Sadio Mane was seen engaging in “Dhikr” while awaiting his flight at the airport before Al-Nassr's Asian Champions League encounter against Persepolis on Tuesday, September 19.
Known for his deep commitment to his Muslim faith, Mane was photographed with his prayer beads, also known as Misbaha or Tasbih, as his team embarked on their journey to Tehran, Iran, for their inaugural group stage match in Asia's premier club competition.
Sadio Mane is a devout Muslim, who does not hesitate to perform his religious duties. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN/Twitter urbazon/Getty Images
Mane reciting “Dhikr”
In a photo sighted by Naijafreshgist, the 31-year-old sat in an airport chair, serenely reciting his “Dhikr”, nurturing his spiritual connection in preparation for the upcoming game with the Knights of Najd.
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According to Islam Online, “Dhikr” is a flexible and important form of worship in Islam, following salah and Quran reading. It involves repeating praises to Allah or simply contemplating Him, allowing it to be done at any time and place.
Mane's form at Al-Nassr
Since his summer transfer from Bayern Munich, Mane has injected fresh dynamism into Al-Nassr's attacking line. The Senegal international has impressively shouldered the goal-scoring responsibility, previously dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mane mobbed by fans during Friday prayers
In a related publication, Naijafreshgist reported that the former Liverpool forward found himself surrounded by enthusiastic fans as he arrived at a mosque in Riyadh for Friday prayers.
These fans, thrilled to meet their beloved idol, approached the reigning Africa Player of the Year for photos and autographs.
A video circulating on social media captures Mane graciously taking the time to accommodate the requests of this group, who had gathered at the mosque for the customary Jumaa prayer.
Mane and Ronaldo's deadly partnership
The synergy between the two superstars has been truly exceptional, setting new standards for on-field partnership.
In the Al-Nassr duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, we witness one of the most prolific goal-scoring combinations globally. Together, they have contributed to a total of 17 goals in just six league games this season.