Former Senegalese striker El-Hadji Diouf has revealed that he is thinking of towing the path of Liberia’s George Weah by dabbling into his country’s political foray.
Former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf is ready to turn to politics after hanging up his boots with an eye on becoming the president of Senegal.
The controversial forward, who also featured for Sunderland, Blackburn, Bolton, and Leeds, was once described as a “sewer rat” by Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.
But now the 36-year-old wants to follow in the footsteps of former AC Milan star George Weah, who was appointed the president of Liberia this year.
“I am looking after myself and my family,” Diouf is quoted as saying by Four Four Two having last played in 2015 for Sabah FA in 2015. “For many years I used to think about football, but I have a new career and it is a political career.
“I have taken the decision to do politics because I have people waiting for me to change things in my country and I’m ready to do that because I want to be the soldier of the youngsters.
However, he is said to be interested in beginning as a parliamentarian by contesting for a position in the unicameral National Assembly.
The 37-year-old who has gained popularity among Senegalese following his heroic display in the 2002 World Cup when he singlehandedly took the Teranga Lions to the quarterfinals, talisman of a plucky Senegal side.
“For many years I use to think about football but I have a new career and it is a political career, Diouf said.
“I have taken the decision to do politics because I have people waiting for me to change things in my country.
“In the next two years, I’ll be joining politics, because I know from that point I can change a lot in football. I have a lot of passion for politics,
“That is the future for me because a lot of Senegalese people are able to listen to me,” he concluded.
Diouf who won two successive CAF African Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002, was capped 43 times with Senegal, scoring 16 goals in the process.
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