“I don’t understand people turning down their country,” Diouf told BBC World Service.“And like the legend Bob Marley always said ‘if you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where to go’.”The Indomitable Lions defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in Thursday’s semifinal in Gabon to book a final meeting with Egypt on Sunday.Diouf, who played for seven British clubs including Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, featured in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations final for Senegal, as well as the World Cup later that year.“Definitely they’ll regret not playing in the Cup of Nations. After your career, what are you going to do? Stay living in Europe? To do what?” adds the legend.“It’s always tough to be African, because you can be the best African coach but they’ll never give you Paris St Germain (PSG), Barcelona, Liverpool or Manchester United.“That’s why I say to all the boys: don’t turn down your country because the future of this world is in Africa.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017Former Senegal international striker El Hadji Diouf believes Cameroon’s Allan Nyom and Joel Matip will regret turning their country down.The Senegalese legend told the BBC website that the pair will rue missing the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and should have listened to one of Bob Marley’s songs.Diouf was speaking after the Indomitable Lions managed to reach final of the tournament despite West Brom’s Nyom and Liverpool’s Matip being among eight players to refuse call-ups.
Spain booked their place in the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championships after beating Portugal 3-1 on Tuesday evening.La Roja claimed the Iberian derby bragging rights, but Portuguese substitute Bruma stole the show with a stunning volley.Saul Niguez and Everton target Sandro Ramirez gave the Spaniards a two goal advantage before Bruma hauled his side back into the game.Spotting his chance to strike, the RB Leipzig youngster beautifully connected with the ball after a Portuguese set-piece was cleared from danger.Watch the stunning strike below…. Who cares about losing when you score stunners like this! 1 read more
Go back to the e-newsletter >A bonus free night in the Grand Hyatt Goa is being offered for bookings made by 30 November 2015, on a motorcycle tour of southern India next February run by Extreme Bike Tours.Motorbike riders – and also pillion passengers – who like their comforts can take in the spices, tea plantations, hill stations, tiger reserves and tropical beaches of southern India on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike while staying each night in a luxury hotel.Starting on 6 February 2016, the all-inclusive, 11-day ‘Luxury South India Adventure’ will see riders use Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm bikes to negotiate a breathtaking, 1000-km route from Cochin to Goa. In the saddle for six to eight hours a day, riders will trace some of India’s quietest roads through tea plantations and hill stations, past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore and to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park where riders will stay in a safari lodge and search for tigers. The route ends on the tropical beaches of Goa.The 11-night Luxury South India Adventure costs A$7261 per rider or A$6649 for pillion passengers, including hotel accommodation each night, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Goa back to Cochin. The guided trips are open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle.As one of the world’s leading motorcycle tour companies, Extreme Bike Tours offers guided trips in India, the Himalayas, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and from 2016, Cuba.Go back to the e-newsletter > read more