Two-time African Footballer of the Year El Hadji Diouf, who is facing a five-year suspension from all sporting activities in Senegal, pleaded with the national Under-23 coach Karim Sega Diouf to select him as one of three overage players for the London 2012 Olympic football tournament after the junior Teranga Lions booked their place on Monday following their win over Oman in Coventry, England.
The 32-year-old former Liverpool, Blackburn and Sunderland player, who attended the game on Monday evening, was given the opportunity by Senegal officials to galvanise the young players ahead of their historic qualification. But he says he would like to be part of the team as he believes he is fit enough.
“I’m very fit. I’m a Senegalese. I’ve done it in the past for the team and I can still do it again. I love our national team and I want to be part of it. It is a dream for every player to play at the Olympics. It is like the World Cup. I’ve spoken with the coach, if he invites me I’d not hesitate,” Diouf said to reporters.
The Senegal FA officials will likely not give a nod to the player’s request due to his running sanction and a number of controversies involving the player within the country’s football.
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