Sadio mane missed the tournament in Qatar after being ruled out by a knee injury while representing his club side Bayern Munich.
Mane posted an emotional message on Instagram after Senegal got knocked out following the 3-0 defeat by England on Sunday night,
He said: ‘Dear brothers, the people are very proud of your journey and you have put the balm in the hearts of Senegalese and all supporters by defending the national flag with dignity.
Continue learning and good luck. We will go in search of more trophies Inshallah.’
The loss of Mane, who has 34 goals in 93 caps for his country and is a two-time African player of the year, was a huge blow to the African champions.
Recall, The former Liverpool forward was instrumental for the team on their way to winning this year’s Africa Cup of Nations as they defeated Egypt on penalties in the final, having scored four goals during the tournament.
He suffered a knee injury in Bayern’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen last month.