'I age-cheated to turn professional'

African Football

Former Senegal international Guirane N'Daw has revealed that he lowered his age to turn professional and confessed that it's common practice in his homeland.

N'Daw, who is registered as a 35-year-old, came out of retirement last year to join amateur French club AS Algrange to resume a career that began back in 2002.

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Within nearly two decades of professional football, N'Daw won the 2007 Coupe de France with Sochaux, represented Saint-Étienne, Nantes and spent time in England and the Spanish top-flight.

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However, in a shocking interview with IGFM, N'Daw openly admitted he was older than his registered age over the course of his professional football career.

"What is certain is that in Senegal, 99% of players have reduced their age," he explains.

"Senegalese [players] are generally very small and when he goes to Europe at 20, he will see that young people of 15 are stronger than him.

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He added: "Like all Senegalese, I lowered my age to be professional. In Africa, the player who does not lower his age cannot be professional [in Europe], it's a reality."

The towering defender earned 41 caps for the Teranga Lions between 2005 and 2012 before announcing his retirement from the game at the age of '31'.