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The much-anticipated visit of former Senegalese footballer El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf to Uganda will no longer be taking place according to various reports. 

The news follows after the two-time African Footballer of the Year failed to make his trip to Uganda due to travel complications. 

According to a statement from El Hadji Diouf, the former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers forward failed to travel from Dakar in Senegal.

Diouf expressed his sincere apologies to the parties concerned and said he hopes to be able to make the trip happen in near future without any complications.

"I am sorry that I have not been able to travel to Uganda on time. I apologise to the Ugandan community, my fans, Eddie Kenzo and the president of the Uganda Football Association. I will make it happen in future," he said.

The development also happened on the day the flights at Entebbe International Airport were also affected after an Ethiopian Airlines vessel skidded off the lakeside runway during landing in Entebbe.

El Hadji Diouf was scheduled to play in what was set to be a charity match at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo on Friday, January 4 alongside musician Edirisa ‘Eddie Kenzo’ Musuuza and a couple of current Uganda Cranes and retired players against FUFA President’s XI.

He had been invited by Kenzo in collaboration with Wakiso Giants Football Club, a second-tier side in Uganda.

The retired footballer, 38, had also been scheduled to be a special guest for Kenzo during the celebration of his 10 years in music at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Friday night.

The organisers have also since issued a public apology respectively.

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