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Diafra Sakho was born on 24 December, 1989 in Guédiawaye. He is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club West Ham United and the Senegal national team. He began his career in the lower divisions of French football, with Metz and on loan at Boulogne, before joining West Ham in August 2014. Since May 2014, he has been a full international for the Senegal national team.
He started is career in Dakar with Génération Foot, a football academy and feeder club for FC Metz, at age 16. On 14 August 2014, Sakho signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee with West Ham United, becoming their seventh signing before the start of the 2014–15 season. He made his West Ham debut on 23 August 2014, in a 3–1 away win against Crystal Palace, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Carlton Cole.
Diafra opened the 2015–16 season by scoring the first two goals in a UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first-leg game on 2 July, as West Ham won 3–0 at home against Andorran team Lusitanos. In the return leg a week later, he was sent-off for violent conduct in the 15th minute after “raising his hands” to Lusitanos player Moisés San Nicolás.
Sakho did not make an appearance for West Ham until November 2016 when he appeared against Tottenham Hotspur. In his second game back he scored in a 1-1 away draw with Manchester United, becoming the first West Ham striker to score in the 2016-17 season. However, he suffered a hamstring injury which was expected to keep him out for four weeks. He made his international debut for Senegal in a friendly match against Burkina Faso, on 21 May 2014. His debut goal came four days later, in a 3–1 win over Kosovo. In November 2014 he was recalled to the Senegal squad by coach, Alain Giresse, for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against Egypt and Botswana and In November, 2017 Sakho scored the first goal in a 2-0 win against South Africa in Polokwane. The win resulted in Senegal qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their first global finals since 2002.