Life is full of both happy and sad moments, and while there are days when we wish we had a plan to follow, life simply would not be the same without the unpredictability. Although the road of life does not get any easier as we get older, we do appear to gain a better understanding of it as our perspectives shift.
Never give up because life is unpredictable.
The following details Sadio Mane’s and Edouard Mendy’s early lives and how they became who they are today:
Mendy Edouard Osoque
Mendy was born with a natural talent for football. When the young goalkeeper was seven years old, his parents encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional goalkeeper by enrolling him at Le Havre Caucriauville football club.
Unfortunately, Mendy was not the first-choice goalkeeper for Le Havre Athletic Club, and he was forced to play behind a more talented Zacharie Boucher. The goalie was assigned to CS Municipaux as a result of this outcome.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, and the 22-year-old goalkeeper was let go. As a result, the goalie joined the growing ranks of the unemployed and began looking for work in Northern France. Mendy decided to retire after a year away from the game.
After he lost his job, Edouard Mendy’s family consoled him and encouraged him to return to the sport. Fortunately, the goalkeeper gave soccer another shot and returned to Le Havre, where he continued to play for a year without pay.
Fortunately for Edouard, Marseille was looking for a goalkeeper to replace reserves Brice Samba and Julien Fabri, and he jumped at the chance to apply and pass the club’s trial. He was then elevated to the position of fourth-string goalkeeper.
Edouard’s soccer career followed a new path after joining the club. He contributed to his club’s third-place finish, qualifying them for the Champions League.
The goalie became well-known for his dedication and received high praise from many people, including Rennes and Chelsea star Petr Cech, who recommended Frank Lampard to sign him.
Sadio Mane was born in Sedhiou, Senegal, on April 10, 1992, and grew up in the small community of Bambali in southern Senegal. Mane lives in the village with one of his uncles because his parents could not care for all of their children.
As a result, he decided to live with his uncle, where he would be subjected to manual labour. Mane began pulling a wheelbarrow one day in the hopes of helping himself because his parents were both poor.
Regardless of the obstacles, Sadio Mane never gives up on his dream, as he wakes up every morning to play football with his friends on the street and picks up his wheelbarrow business to earn some money for himself to buy some necessities.
He’ll never forget how he went from being a street player to being a hero on his feet at the age of 15. However, until he was called up to represent his country in the 2002 World Cup, the dream seemed like a daydream to him.
His desire to be a professional player began when his country, Senegal, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup after defeating host nation France in the group match opener, marking his first international participation.
He told his mother he would arrive in France one day, but she did not believe him. His mother was sceptical. As a result, Mane began to work hard in order to become a professional footballer, and he began to miss home because life in Senegal had changed.
He thrived in Metz until he was called up to represent Senegal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. He performed so well there that he was transferred to RB Salzburg, where he scored 42 league goals in 80 appearances.
From there, he was transferred to Southampton in the English Premier League, and then to Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp still regards him as a son.
Sadio Mane was named African Player of the Year for 2019 today, defeating Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Algeria striker Riyad Mahrez.