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Senegal resurrects El-Hadji Diouf

El-Hadji Diouf's international career isn’t over as it appeared to be a year ago.

The Leeds United forward who was banned for five years from football-related activities in his native country can breathe a sigh of relief after the ban on him was lifted by FSF on Saturday.

When 1st Vice President Louis Lamotte was asked by supersport.com about the development, he said, “It’s true. I can confirm that El Hadji Diouf’s ban has been lifted by the federation.”

On the other hand, FSF president August Senghor told reporters that they have solved the issue.

"Diouf has done many good things for the country’s football and the idol of an entire nation. At one point, he had problems with the FSF and as expected we took our responsibilities because we must maintain authority.”

“He was among the few players who attended the match in Coventry during Olympics by providing his own transportation. We have opted for reconciliation and having discussed lifting the sanction with the General Assembly, a decision has been agreed upon and taken for the good of our football.”

The two time African player of the year faced the disciplinary action after his interview with Radio France in 2011 where he was quoted saying: "the whole system of African football is corrupt"

According to FSF he failed to turn up for a hearing hence the action that was reached following his behaviour.

The controversial star was on record when Senegal played Ivory Coast in Abidjan as he claimed that inexperience cost the team in their 4-2 defeat to the hosts in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers first leg.

It remains to be seen if he’ll be drafted to the Senegal squad that will face Ivory Coast next month in a tie that could decide the path the Teranga Lions will take in African football.


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