Former Senegalese volleyball star Fatou Diouck has been handed a managerial role just days after she officially announced her retirement.
Fatou was appointed the team manager for the Senegalese national women’s volleyball team.
Fatou, a former international and one time Africa Most Valuable Players, was granted the honour by the country’s volleyball governing body.
“Gonna roar, this time round, next to the pitch,” Fatou said after her appointment.
Fatou has been an icon of the game. In 2015, she was voted the Best Attacker at the Africa Championship held in Nairobi, Kenya. Two years later, she scooped the Best Receiver award in Africa as well as the MVP at the Asia Championship.
Fatou, who holds both French and Senegalese passports, is one of Africa’s most traveled players. She played most of her volleyball career in Europe and Asia.
She signed her first professional contract in 2006 with the French side Clamert VolleyBall then joined Stella Calais three years later.
She also played for Polkky Kuusamo of Finland, Azerbaijan side Azerail Baku and in Korea where she turned out for two clubs — GS Caltex Seoul and Gimcheon Korea Expressway Hi-Pass.
Also tasked with management roles is beach volleyball icon Pape Madior Ndiaye who was appointed the president of the Athletes Commission.