By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
A JMTV PLUS video currently doing a tour on social media has former Senegalese poacher El Hadji Diouf, telling a couple of friends in a round table discussion, that he remains the best – skilled player to have played the beautiful game on the continent.
“The most talented of us all is El Hadji Diouf.
‘Go and ask even them’ ( Diouf refering to Eto’o and Drogba, inked by this writer for clarity.)
‘I said it, and I will repeat it anywhere,’ voiced an enthusiastic Diouf.
The career numbers lean heavily on Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba, having the both in and around any potent discussion of the best African players of all time, talk less of their generation.
Despite the somewhat heated topic, Diouf and friends including Indomitable Lions cult hero Patrick Mboma, found time to continuously giggle.
Diouf then turned to one who isn’t far away from the discussion of the best African player (Patrick Mboma,) and tells him:’Patrick Mboma – I am telling you, forget your Eto’o; I am the most talented African player.
‘Everyone can win the AFCON but to be back-to-back African best, with my then youthful age is unmatched.
‘Don’t forget that before Eto’o and Drogba kissed that award, my lips was all over it,’ Diouf ended.
Despite the message being passed on in an environment filled with unbridled gaiety, Diouf could build a real file for himself as concerns the topic. Only that, the judges might as well take less interest when placed neck-to-neck Samuel Eto’o’s an Drogba’s, when it concerns the most talented African player.
During his peak, El Hadji Diouf was nicknamed by some fanatics of the Teranga Lions as ‘the white wizard’ due to his skin colour, pace, clinical finishing and taunting body feints.
Though he missed out on silverwares with Senegal and ended his international career barren, Diouf was amongst Bruno Metsu’s warriors who were beaten finalists at the 2002 AFCON final and Senegal equally went furthest of all African nations (quarterfinals) of the World Cup latter that year.
Diouf was just two games shy of a landslide 500 appearances for clubs and country before his retirement. The former Liverpool man managed 93 goals in all ball games in his career.
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