Posted by: westafricanfootball | 16/07/2012

MATAR MOUSSA DIAGNE

When star player El Hadji Baye Oumar Niasse travelled to Norwegian outfit SK Brann on a loan deal, US Ouakam had to find a replacement. It turned out that the right player was already in their squad, namely youngster Matar Moussa Diagne. I believe it is fair to say that Diagne has been one of the revelations of the Senegalese Ligue 1 2011-2012.

Diagne has been described as a “playmaker” and as the “leader” of the attack at US Ouakam. He can play as an attacking midfielder, as a winger or as a striker – basically the same positions as Niasse. Diagne is a creative player with an eye for a goal.

Diagne is a product of the so-called Collège Africain Sports Etudes (CASE). The ambition of the college is to offer African youth the opportunity to realize an academic background while practicing a variety of sports, including football.

Diagne played approxiately 14 matches for US Ouakam when the club won the Senegalese Ligue 1 2010-2011 last season. Diagne scored one goal during the season, on 01.08.2011 against US Gorée.

The current season has been a breakthrough for Diagne. He has played regularly, most likely 12 of the 17 matches played at the time of writing. Diagne has scored four goals so far.

In February / March 2012, Diagne played for US Ouakam in the qualifying round of the 2012 CAF Champions League, gaining experience.

During the season, in April 2012, Diagne was named in the squad of the Senegal U-23 national football team. Later the same month, Diagne was also picked for the Senegal U-20 national football team.

The birthdate of Diagne is not known. I have previously written that Diagne is born in 1992 but I have doubts about my sources. He could possibly be even younger.

Niasse was no success at SK Brann and will now return to US Ouakam – perhaps in a different role as Diagne seems to be the new kid on the block.

The picture of Diagne was found on carrapide.com.


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