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 for 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.
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
“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.”
Guirane N’Daw also played on loan at Ipswich Town during the 2012/13 season. Image: PA
N’Daw spent the majority of his career in France with some well-known teams.
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 appearances.