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The legend of the Lions of Teranga will now oversee the affairs of the Senegalese second division
Guediawaye Football Club has confirmed the appointment of former Liverpool star El Hadji Diouf as the club’s sporting director.
Five years after finishing his illustrious football career, the two-time winner of the African Player of the Year will begin his life as a manager with the Senegalese second division team.
There, the 39-year-old who starred for Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers among various clubs during his active days, would aim to help the Dakar-based team return to the Senegal Premier League at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. .
Following the dismissal of former President Pape Thialiss Faye, Guediawaye FC, a team that emerged as 2014 Coupe de la Ligue champions, are embarking on a long-term project to recover.
“We have new mechanisms to move forward, with a management team, a school to manage the club. At school, the novelty is the creation of a Sporting Director position for which we negotiated and obtained the appointment of El Hadj Ousseynou Diouf, “said the club’s head of communications, Malick Sy per Lesoleil.sn.
If they achieve their goal of earning a place in Senegal’s top flight, Sy went further and revealed that the club would seek a place in the African competition within three years, while their five-year goal would be to have a full training facility. .
Diouf was part of the Senegalese golden generation that helped the West African country finish as runners-up at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali before debuting at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, where he surprised France, current world champion, in her first match. .
The frank forward was a fashionable property in 2002, with Gerard Houllier moving in earlier that summer to secure his signing on a £ 10 million ($ 13 million) contract from Ligue 1’s RC Lens.
However, he was going to fail badly, recording just six goals in his debut campaign and none in the second. However, he would continue to enjoy success in England with players like Bolton and Blackburn, but he was never the same player and he missed his big opportunity.
His last active participation in soccer was as a player for Malaysia’s Sabah FC during the 2014/2015 season and he was also once invited by Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse to help coach the Senegal senior team part-time.