On the fields where it all started, Everton Football Clubs Idrissa Gana Gueye, looks like he never left.
Hes very much at home, just like he was when he first arrived as a young boy some 15 years ago.
His passion for the game remains the same; so is that of his childhood friends: Papa Ndiaye of Stoke City in England, Kara Mbodji of Anderlecht in Belgium and Saliou Ciss of Angers in France.
Together they are the first Diambars football academy graduates to go to the World Cup.
Makhtar Mbow was part of their group, but injuries ended his career.
Hes now in charge of the academys operations.
For us its a big honour today to have four player go in the World Cup.
And its a motivation for the young boy to work hard and to go in the World Cup too.
Success here doesnt just mean a breakthrough in football.
The emphasis is on education alongside football.
These World Cup-bound players see their own success as a collective achievement for the academy.
The fact that they serve as an inspiration has not been lost on the famous four.
As they left Senegal for Russia, they knew this would be as much a World Cup appearance for their country as it is for Diambars football academy.