El Hadji Diouf (right) in his first training session with Sabah at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu on Thursday. Pic by Willie Jude Junaidi

SABAH secured the services of former Liverpool and Senegal international El Hadji Diouf for the 2015 Malaysian League season, who declared he is not a ‘superstar’.

“I am your teammate, without all of you I am nothing. I am your brother,” said Diouf during an introductory gathering recently with the Sabah team that will be playing in the Premier League next year.

“I am not here as a superstar or ex Liverpool player or ex (English) Premier League player. I am here to help show the world where Sabah is,” added the 33-year-old striker to a rousing welcome from the Sabah FA in the simple gathering.

Diouf said as a professional, the game was all about respect for the job and hard work.

He began training with the Rhinos under Irish coach and manager George O’Callaghan at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah stadium yesterday.

Sabah Rhinos chief executive officer Datuk TC Goh said Diouf has signed a one year deal with the team.

Other foreign players eyed by Sabah are Australian midfielder Mitrovic Srecko, who played for the team last year, Brazilian defender Tales Dos Santos and Libyan strikers Eamon Zayed and Irishman Roy O’Donovan.

Fourteen local players were retained from this season’s squad with 11 more to be signed. By Roy Goh