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Senegalese Footballer Guirane N'Daw Admits To Lying About His Age

Senegalese Footballer Guirane N'Daw Admits To Lying About His Age

Former Birmingham City and Ipswich Town midfielder Guirane N'Daw has come clean about his age in a shocking interview with Senegalese TV.

The defensive midfielder spent two loan spells in England, and has played at the likes of Real Zaragoza, Saint-Etienne, Nantes and Lens in his 17 year career.

He also made 41 appearances for his national side, and now plays for French sixth division side AS Algrange after he originally retired at the age of '31' in 2016.

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Guirane N'Daw during his days at French side Saint-Etienne in 2009. Image: PA
Guirane N'Daw during his days at French side Saint-Etienne in 2009. Image: PA

N'Daw, who is registered as a 35-years-old, has now claimed that "99% of Senegalese players" have reduced their age after he admitted to being older than his registered birth date.

"What is certain is that in Senegal, 99% of players have reduced their age," he told IGFM via Kick Off.

"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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"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."

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Guirane N'Daw spent a season on loan at Birmingham City in 2011/12. Image: PA
Guirane N'Daw spent a season on loan at Birmingham City in 2011/12. Image: PA
Guirane N'Daw also played on loan at Ipswich Town in the 2012/13 season. Image: PA
Guirane N'Daw also played on loan at Ipswich Town in the 2012/13 season. Image: PA

N'Daw spent the majority of his career in France with some well known teams.

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He began his spell in football with Ligue 2 side Sochaux in 2002, and spent six years at the club before joining Nantes in 2008, where he went on to make 32 appeaances.


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Topics: Football News, Senegal, Football

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.