DONCASTER Rovers’ striker El-Hadji Diouf joined legendary players from the past and present in Dubai last night to play in a charity match for the Friends of Libya’s Children.
Football stars from all over the world travelled to the Middle East for the specially arranged game to raise funds for injured children in dire need of medical aid following the conflict in Libya.
Diouf had been invited to play before joining Rovers and was given permission by the club to fly out to Dubai after scoring twice in the 3-2 win at Ipswich on Saturday.
He will return to join team-mates in training later in the week in readiness for the derby clash at Barnsley on November 19.
Among the players turning out last night were Czech internationals Pavel Nedved and Jan Koller, Argentine striker Hernan Crespo and former Real Madrid and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro.
World Cup winner Marcelo Lippi and former Italian keeper Walter Zenga managed the two teams – as a Coca Cola sponsored side beat the Abu Dhabi investment Bank 8-5 in an entertaining game.
Libyan striker Zuwei scored a hat trick for the winners and Diouf set up one of two goals for Crespo.
Argentine defender Javier Zanetti, former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, Italian Marco Matterazzi, Chilean Luis Jimenez and Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata also played in the game.
Diouf said later: “It was an honour to be invited to play and I hope we raised a lot of money for a very important cause.”
The game was supported by Save the Children, Coca Cola and the Dubai Sports Council among others.