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As we made our way into the stands, our progress was slowed by a determined toddler, taking the concrete steps one at a time in front of us. Sene, gentle giant that he is, waited patiently for the little guy to find his seat, and someone finally noticed him, and said simply “Assane.” The murmur traveled quickly through the stands until the entire section was looking at him, standing there, as various voices sang out his name. “Assane! ASSANE!”
They all seemed so happy to see him. The vibe was infectious. Sene’s somewhat sleepy eyes and neutral expression dissolved into a million-megawatt smile. Soon the way was clear, and we continued our descent toward the field, Sene slapping hands and waving, with that genuine, joyous grin on his face.
Assane Sene is 4,021 miles from home, but he’s among friends.