By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Guinean defender Ibrahima Conte has revealed that his career was designed to match that of legendary Cameroonian defender Rigobert Song Bahanack.
The 24-year-old Guinea international took advantage of a questions and answers session on guineefoot.info to reveal how Rigobert Song shaped his game describing the ex Liverpool FC and Indomitable Lions defender as a ‘fighter’ he dreams to resemble.
Here him;”Rigobert Song really inspired me. He had an unbelievable mental strength. A real leader on and off the pitch. He inspired me”:The Niort defender confessed to guineefoot.info
The Niort man has struggled to nail a starting berth at French Ligue 2 side Niort but still hopes to get to the top of the best defenders queue.
“I dream to be like him, a fighter, a leader who always wants to win.I have always tried to copy Song’s game this is the reason why my former coach René Bangoura of blessed memory gave me this nickname. He nicknamed me Rigobert Song just after our first meeting”. Conte said.
Late coach Bangoura was Conte’s coach at Satellite FC in Guinea before the player left for Lorient in France.
Rigobert Song had a successful career fitting to inspire any young African defender. The Ex TKC and Liverpool man made over 600 appearances for 10 clubs across the world and his country. He won two African cup of nations titles, appeared at five FIFA world cup tournaments.
He retired from football in 2010 and has since managed the intermediate and Olympic national teams of Cameroon.
Considered one of the finest his defenders of his generation, Song provides a complete picture of a mentor for any young defender in the world including Conte.
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