Former Leeds and Liverpool forward Diouf seals Malaysia move

El Hadji Diouf

The Senegal international, who also played for Bolton, Blackburn, Sunderland and Doncaster during a 12-year stay in England, is moving to Sabah.

Once named among Pele’s 125 greatest living footballers after starring for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup, El Hadji Diouf is heading to Malaysia to start an exciting new chapter in his career with club side Sabah.

According to reports the 33-year-old attacker has touched down in Kota Kinabalu where he will meet with Sabah manager and coach George O’Callaghan.

Diouf is one of five foreign players the state team is allowed to field and will play competitively for the side from the start of the 2-15 Malaysian Football League Season.

The 2002 African Player of the Year will be expected to help the club achieve promotion to the Malaysian Super League next term but faces a tough task to do so, after Sabah finished a lowly eighth last season.

He brings a wealth of experience to the club however, having played for Liverpool and Bolton most notably in the Premier League as well as enjoying stints with Sunderland and Blackburn.

Most recently he was on the books at Leeds United, while Diouf also spent time on loan at Glasgow Rangers helping the club with a league and league cup double as part of a largely glittering career on British shores.

His best form came for Senegal, however, with Diouf scoring 21 goals in 69 appearances for the national side, with arguably his most famous contribution being the assist for Papa Boupa Diop’s match-winning goal at the opening game of the 2002 World Cup against France.

Diouf has courted plenty of controversy too, having been reprimanded for spitting at Celtic fans during his time with Liverpool and more recently mocking Queens Park Rangers forward James Mackie, as the player lay stricken with a serious injury during an FA Cup clash between QPR and his club at the time Blackburn.

The move to Malaysia offers a fresh start at the chance to help Sabah return to the big time domestically.

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