Jean-Pierre Nsame on red hot form

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon

Cameroon inform striker Jean Pierre Nsame has told that he will be back in the National team set up after staying out since after his exclusion from coach Clarence Seedorf’s AFCON squad.

Speaking after his hat trick over the weekend which took his season tally to 24 games in 21 games this season Nsame said he is satisfied with the start of the new season especially with the efforts of his club despite the changes in the close season.

Jean Pierre Nsame speaks about his brilliant start of the season and absence from the national team( In French) 

Speaking to this online portal about his brilliant start to the ongoing season, the forward took the chance to clarify Cameroonians about his absence from the Indomitable lions den despite been invited.


JP talk to us about this brilliant start of the season, 22 goals and 2 assists in 21 games in all competitions. What is behind this amazing start?

JP Nsame : Well talking about the start of the season I must tell you, if we look at the statistics then I must tell you that am happy about the start of this season.

But I am more happy about the performance of the entire team in the league because despite the multiple changes in the summer and the departure of some key players, we are top of the league today and it gives us huge satisfaction. Our position makes the club more confident on us. For me(Jean Pierre Nsame) I just try to listen and give my contribution to the efforts we are making while I contribute my quota to assists my mates to achieve the club’s objectives with my qualities and what I can do.

My motivation today is look at the performance of the club and not my individual performance. So I continue to work because confidence comes through hard work and in football when you play regularly my confidence grows.

Today I can say I am happy, I remain focused on what is happening in the pitch and nothing else because I don’t want to be distracted by anything.

So in all, I am happy about our start of the season, we are four points better than our closes rival in the Swiss championship. We are still in with a chance of qualification for the next round of the UEFA Europa League so I am motivated, satisfied and confident.

 What are your objectives this season with Young Boys Berne and as an individual?

For the ongoing season my objectives are in line with that of the club. We want to do better than last season. Uptil now we are trying to remain focus on ourselves, our work our progress, in fact we want to retain the title.
So my objective are built around the team, collectively before individuality. With me I believe it’s better when we put collective objectives ahead, because if we have a great season together it will be considered a great for every individual in the squad. International football is one area where alot is expected of you, in fact our sample of public opinion have you as one of the most talk-about Cameroonians striker in Europe but there has been speculations on some sections of the media that you are boycotting the national team. What can you say about this?

Talking about the national team, I know there has been talks about my absence from the national team. I have received messages with speculations about my absence from the national team. I have heard some speculations that I am boycotting national team call ups but I want to use this opportunity to clarify the public,because I have talks I am staging a boycott. I am not boycotting the national team…. I am not boycotting.

If I wanted to boycott the national team, I wouldn’t have come in the first place, want to use this opportunity to thank coach Hugo Broos for giving me the first chance.
Yes it’s true I have had experiences that have not been very good but it’s football, it’s football. Sometimes the choices are difficult to understand, but I accepted the decision and I continue to work and try to get better going forward.

Jean Pierre Nsame celebrates goal

To put an end to all the speculations or problems that can be created by this speculations about my absence from the national team, the reason for my absence is simple; in life we all have responsibilities and engagements we must accept. I have always said, my thoughts are simple, I prefer that this responsibilities should make the world to see me(JP Nsame) as a father first before a footballer. Today, if football becomes more important than the simple priorities of life for a footballer, at some point in time if not all the times, we must accept our responsibilities. So today, I can tell you that if it’s because of these responsibilities that I am not there. So I have no problem with the national team or with any person related to the national team, I am using the international break for now to put things together to fulfill my responsibilities as a father.

Yes my return to the national team is important but not at the detriment of my responsibilities as a father but I am trying to sort this out and I will be back soon. Since in the Milla and Eto’o era, Cameroonians have been eagerly waiting to see another forward equal to the symbolic jersey for Cameroon. When can we hope to see Jean Pierre Nsame in the national colours and getting the goals?

Yes it’s true that many great Cameroonian players like Mr Roger Milla and Mr Samuel Eto’o have choose this jersey number in the past, it is true it’s an important jersey number in every team because players in this jersey are expected to get the goals and help his team.

In this like, I am not a striker who must appear in the jersey number 9, I am forward who likes to play alongside my mates, I simply like helping my team. As a striker, I prefer to look for collective success, I prefer to look for collective success and not otherwise, it’s not about my jersey number wherever I go.
Remember in my first selection under Hugo Broos, I was given the jersey number 9,i did not ask for it, the jersey was handed to me, so today if that jersey number is given to me I will accept it but be reassured that I am not Mr Milla or Eto’o so I don’t like to be put on scale of comparison with such great strikers. We are all different people and we have different style of football. Yes it is true to be a striker with the national team,I have to help the team with my qualities, I have to give supporters joy with goals that gives victory and success. The number 9 is expected to do just that.

I will be back in the national team once I am done with putting things in order from my end. :Media talks sometimes says you are made for the English premier league. Any comment on that?

Yes talking about whether I am made for the premier league, I don’t know. I don’t know why the media maybe be speculating such, maybe because of my morphology and my physical qualities yes maybe Premier League will be good. But sincerely, I do not have a preferred championship in Europe, I think different leagues are good, they give us the chance to learn different things, I love the Premier League, the La Liga, the Bundesliga but I think I need to be playing in a championship before I know if I made for the championship like now that I am happy at Young Boys. Sometimes a player can think he is made for a championship but on arriving tge realities maybe be different that’s why I always take my time to reflect well before making decisions. As far as am concerned I prefer where I will be given the chance to play and to improve. As a matter of fact, I watch many leagues in Europe,to learn and improve my game.
In fact I don’t have a favorite championship in Europe, I rather try to learn from all the championships.

Born in Douala on international labour 26 years ago, the striker made his professional debut as an SCO Angers player seven years ago and has not looked back since then.

He switched from Swiss second tier side FC Servette to Young Boys Berne in July 2017 and in 2 years at the club, Nsame has cemented his name in the history books of the club.

Besides being a footballer Nsame is a father to a 5-year old girl who has just begun schooling in Paris France and so he has the responsibility to strike a balance between taking care of his daughter and playing football.

What ever be his next move, the big forward is having the time of his life with 49 goals scored in all competitions just seasons after he moved to Berne.

Nsame made his international debut in September 2017 in a 1 all draw World Cup qualifiers game against Nigeria.
He hasn’t feature since then partly because of the choices made by his coaches and recently because of the responsibilities of a father to his daughter.

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