ISL has caught ex-Liverpool striker’s eye, as he is keen on reviving his career
El Hadji Diouf who fondly remembered for leaving France defenders in their vapour trails with his trickery and pace in that famous 2002 World Cup game where Senegal beat the previous champions by 1-0, has expressed his interest to be a part of the Indian Super League for the upcoming season.
According to sources, close to the 35-year old former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers striker is eager to revive his career after a low-key exit at Malaysian second division team Sabah FC; and the ISL dragged his attention.
When inquired about the development, Diouf revealed to Times Of India exclusively: “I’m very busy with various projects in Senegal, but also training hard daily”, from Senegal.
He added: “I’ve seen the ISL, it’s very exciting and seems to be popular. To be part of the game growing in India is interesting. We have some interesting things to look at so we will see, but for sure it’s appealing”.
Africa’s leading player management company Siyavuma Sports Group represented Diouf, who also represents Fikru Teferra to Atletico de Kolkata in the first season of ISL and Sameehg Doutie and Ofense Nato of Atletico de Kolkata.
Paul Mitchell, managing director of the company said: “He is interested if the right offer comes up. We are looking at one or two interesting possibilities”.
“Diouf is currently in Senegal with our consultant Allassane N’dour. They are best of friends and played together in the 2002 World Cup,” Mitchell added.
Diouf played for Sabah from November 2014 till January 2016 and he is now a free player.
The Senegal striker, could fit the rigorous ISL awning bill which now demands their top man to have a professional playing contract with a club until at least December 2015 and must be considered fit to play all matches in the league next season.
Diouf’s performances in the 2002 World Cup, generated much interest in him coming to Liverpool under then manager Gerard Houllier.
The twice African player of the year got a 3-0 win over Southampton in his debut. But since then things die out on the pitch with Diouf grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Diouf’s infamous incidents off the field ruined his career. The African Nations Cup winner was often upbraided by fans for his impervious nature, from spitting at rival fans to criticising his teammates and racially abusing a ball boy,
The League Cup winner with Liverpool had his best time under Sam Allardyce, at Bolton. He made near about 100 appearances and netted a dozen goals.
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