Since Senegal was eliminated in the first round of the 2018 World Cup, the referee Malang Diedhiou raised the colours of the country of Teranga by officiating as referee in the Round of 16 (Belgium - Japan) and as fourth official in the match for third place.
This is why the referee and his assistants Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba were treated to a real welcome of stars on their return from Russia, when they arrived at the Dakar airport. A large crowd was present and sang songs and danced, followed by a reception organized to honour them. (Source: Afrik-Foot)
On Thursday, 19 July 2018, on the premises of the officers' mass circle, Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou announced his international retirement. Taking advantage of the Sargal ceremony for the Senegalese world cup referees (Malang Diedhiou, Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba), the native of Badiana, Malang Diedhiou officially announced his international retirement with immediate effect. It was a well-thought-out release that concludes an international career rich in emotions. Note that the statement was made in the presence of Sports Minister Matar Ba, representatives of the Senegalese Football Federation, as well as all components of the Senegalese sports world. Beforehand, the sports minister awarded the trio of referees present in Russia at the World Cup, diplomas of honour. It was a way to magnify their remarkable journey that not only highlighted the Senegalese refereeing, but especially the African one. Ending his speech, Malang Diedhiou thanked one of the pioneers of the Senegalese refereeing, Badara Sene, for his essential role and his invaluable investment in the promotion of referees. (Source: Dakaractu)