The beautiful story of Mané’s best friend, recruited by Bayern

Longtime friends since their time at Génération Foot, in Senegal, Sadio Mané and Désiré Segbé Azankpo are reunited again at Bayern Munich. The Beninese international striker who accompanies the Senegalese star for his first steps in Bavaria convinced the German club which made him sign a two-year contract with the reserve.

Inseparable. Bayern Munich followers noticed that Sadio Mané was always accompanied by his best friend. Désiré Segbé Azankpo, 29, Beninese international striker and the Senegalese striker has known each other since his time at Génération Foot in Senegal. After an experience at FC Metz, their trajectories followed opposite directions. Sadio Mané grew to the heights while Segbé Azankpo, weighed down by a serious injury with the Grenats, continued his career in several clubs in France in Ligue 2 (Dunkirk) or at the lower level and abroad (Luxembourg, Slovakia, England, Romania).

Without a club since the resumption, he joined Sadio Mané in Munich. The two men got into the habit of making the trip together every morning to the training center before the Beninese turned around, abandoning his friend with his partners. The situation has changed in recent weeks.

As the Bild report, Désiré Segbé Azankpo is now allowed to enter the training center. And for good reason. Thanks to the support of his friend, he took a test for two weeks. And thanks to his talent, he managed to convince Bayern to give him a chance. L’Ecureuil signed a contract with the Bavarian giant on Sunday until 2024. He will be evaluated in the reserved team coached by ex-Bayern player Martin Demichelis. “New challenge for two years”, writes Désiré Segbé Azankpo on his Instagram account. And to add: “Happy and proud to be part of this incredible club.”

Aurelien Brossier RMC Sport journalist

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