Former Doncaster Rovers star appointed by African president as expert on rice

El Hadji Diouf in his time at Rovers.
El Hadji Diouf in his time at Rovers.

Former Doncaster Rovers star and football bad boy El Hadji Diouf has been appointed by an African president - to help secure deals on rice for his homeland.

El Hadji Diouf, who was well known for causing controversy during his footballing career has started a new job as an ambassador for Senegal president Macky Sall.

The player, who scored six goals in 22 games for Rovers during the 2011-12 season, has been involved in a host of controversies, rows and spitting incidents during his days in England.

But Senegal president Macky Sall has now appointed the 34-year-old a roving ambassador with the task of winning trade deals for the west African country.

Newly created diplomat Diouf said: “I speak in the name of Senegal and bring in investors.

“I live in Singapore and I’ve met people there who want to help Senegal in various ways. We are close to signing deals.

“I can be a useful link in the fields of energy, rice cultivation and agriculture. I can organise a lot for the president and I thank him for appointing me. I’m working with the crown prince of Malaysia as a special advisor.”