First and Last - Diafra Sakho

As West Ham United continue the final season at the Boleyn Ground, we’ve asked the players for some memorable firsts and lasts from their careers and lives. Today, Diafra Sakho goes under the spotlight…


What was the first car that you owned?
It was a Nissan, a Qashqai I think it was called. I was about 21 at the time. Until then, I had always lived a stone's throw from the training ground.

What was the first car that you bought?
The first CD that I had was definitely Bob Marley. My uncle listened to a lot of Bob Marley when I was growing up, so I developed the habit too. When I bought my first car, that was when I bought my first Bob Marley CD.

When did you score your first professional goal?
It was against Nantes in 2010. It was in Ligue 2, but it's professional all the same! It ended 1-1 and I opened the scoring. A right foot finish, if memory serves. You can find it on YouTube.

Who would be the first players you'd pick for a pub quiz? 
No doubt, for sure it would be Cheikhou. Then, it depends. I'd say Dimitri would be high up on the list and then Adrian as well.  

If West Ham were to do the X-Factor, who would you vote off first?
That's tough to say. I think I'd have to say me. I'd kick myself out, not much of a singer, I'm afraid.

What was the last concert that you went to?
It was to see a Senegalese singer-songwriter called Youssou N'Dour. He's well known, he sung at the Opening Ceremony of the 1998 World Cup!

Who would be the last West Ham player you'd taken fashion advice from?
Easy, Adrian, he wears some rubbish. I wear rubbish too, but he's even worse than me. It's true.

Who's the last player you'd want to be stuck in a lift with?
Harsh. I'd probably say Carl Jenkinson, but only because he's quite intense. By comparison, James Tomkins is so calm. When you play, there's pressure, a lot of it. So if you're stuck in a lift, there's pressure as well, so you need someone who's nice and calm and I think Tomkins would be the man for that.    

What was the last book that you read?
I read a lot when I was younger, less so now. I think the last one was Didier Drogba's autobiography.  

What's the last thing you'd want to hear from the manager after a game?
That I was rubbish, that I didn't do anything. After a match, even if I wasn't able to score, I want to hear, 'you played well'. But if I you say the contrary, 'you didn't play well', that's tough to take, I'd not sleep, I don't think.