So Senegal fans will now hope there are more similarly important strikes on the way - and hope that Mane can continue being their chief mascot especially in their World Cup clash with Columbia in Samara on Thursday.
Sure, the men of the Senegalese team have made headlines for their incredible performances during round one of the tournament.
"We started this game well".
"We are Senegal but I can guarantee the whole of Africa is supporting the Senegal team". Japan play Poland in Volgograd.
Coach Aliou Cisse is proud of his players while claiming the whole of Africa is rooting for Senegal.
"Of course, we regret that it happened".
Both sides are approaching the match with confidence after winning their opening games - Japan 2-1 against Colombia, and Senegal by the same margin against Poland.
"I appreciate he's very professional", Mane said about Yoshida.
The Liverpool forward was handed the man of the match award in the 2-2 draw with Japan on Sunday, in what proved to be an opportunity missed.
Normally when we do a post about a ball, puck, or occasional hot dog hitting a fan in the head, it's bad news for the fan. The former Eibar star curled a ideal one in the 18-yard box to beat the outstretched hand of the Senegalese goal keeper to draw level.
"Despite that we were leading twice and what is annoying were the two goals (conceded)".
The two unfancied sides are in a group also containing Colombia and Poland lead the standings after one game, and in pole position to make the knockout stages - something these two countries have done only three times between them.
"All I know is at this level of competition with the players we have today, who are world-class, these were avoidable goals".
Mexico-based Honda will look to extend his scoring record against African teams at the World Cup, having slotted the victor against Cameroon during the 2010 South Africa finals and netted in a loss to Ivory Coast in Brazil four years ago.
Their mood will be improved further if they can get the better of Japan and move on to six points.