El Hadji Diouf is a colourful character; whether it was with his breathtaking close control and dribbling skills on the pitch or off the pitch comments and verbal sparring, he is never far away from making headlines.

He was one of the Stars of 2002 Afcon where he guided Senegal to the final.

Now in Gabon where he watching the 2017 Afcon, Diouf have hit the front pages once again by declaring he is turning to the political scene in his native country instead of a football coach or administrator.

Diouf is among a score of former African soccer players currently in Gabon watching the AFCONs and asked about his opinion about Senegal as a team and how did it feel seeing the boys knocked out despite their wonderful displays, the former Liverpool goal poacher describe the current set up of the Senegalese team as a side full of potential and talented youngsters but we have to agree that maybe some changes were needed in the Cameroon game said Diouf.

In any team you have to get a star player and in this case Sadio Mane was our star. Such a player you don’t necessarily have to keep on correcting him while playing he will get nervous. Before such a big game you have to talk to him nicely and let him enjoy the game then you can be sure he will score those goals that are needed.

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Senegal has a great future as long as we encompass good managerial skills and not necessarily coaching skills as nowadays players need to be managed.

With those positive analyses, many will have taught that Diouf will follow the footstep of many great players who will either go into football management or administration after hanging up their boots but the former Senegalese super star is taking a different rout

I took high level courses but decided not to continue since I have better plans on things I want to do. But I am always available to advice my team whenever called upon.

My future is defined; in the next two years I will be joining politics because I know from that point I can be able to change alot in football.

I have alot of passion for politics and I have people in Senegal that are mentoring me that’s the future for me because a lot of Senegalese people are able to listen to me.

I am my country’s special ambassador to the tournament in Gabon that is why they sent me here I have been able to meet with alot of stakeholders in the beautiful game. I am also operating between Singapore and Senégal Diof ended.

 

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