By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
“I turned down the Georgian nationality because I wanted to play for my beloved country”
Name: Donald Dering Djousse
Born on: March 18, 1990 in Douala
Current Club: Academica Coimbra
Former Club: ASPORES Academy, Ascajaf, AS Matelots, Kadji Sports Academy, Mount Cameroon FC, Dinamo Tbilisi, FC Borjomi, Pogoń Szczecin, JS Saoura, Pogoń Siedlce, Olimpia Grudziadz and Marítimo
Honours: Two times Georgian league winner, Georgian Cup winner and Georgian Super Cup winner.
Gained Promotion to the Polish top flight with Pogoń Szczecin
Former Cameroon U-20 international
Who is Donald Dering Djousse?
I am a 30-year-old footballer, currently playing as center-forward for Academica Coimbra in Portugal. I was born and grew up in a neighborhood in Douala called ‘Quartier Barcelone’ also known as Nylon.
I grew up with my mother and grandmother, given that our father died when I was just two years old.
I have two elder brothers and I am married to my lovely wife that I met 12 years ago.
We have been blessed with three beautiful children.
So tell us about your love for football when did it all start?
I loved and dreamed of becoming a football player right from when I was a toddler
Recount us your debut in the city of your birth, Douala…
I did not start from Matelot like reported by many other sources. My first steps in football were with an Academy called ASPORES.
After that I had a brief stint with AS Matelot just like I did with the Kadji Sports Academy too.
After that I moved to Ascajaf and we travelled to Lens in France for the Avillon youth tournament in which I finished as top scorer.
When we returned to Cameroon I moved to Buea and signed for then Cameroon top flight side Mount Cameroon FC of Buea.
Tell us more about Ascajaf...
While I was still playing for ASPORES, we had a friendly game against Ascajaf, after the game, the President of Ascajaf Pascal Bissé came over and told he wanted me to join them. He did everything to get me into the team.
We prepared for one month and went to France to play the 19th Avillon Tournament in Lens, France. We won the tournament and I finished as top scorer despite carrying a knock. I will forever remain grateful to President Pascal Bissé for the opportunity.
After that you came back to Cameroon and joined Mount Cameroon FC of Buea…
Yeah. I spent half a season with Mount Cameroon FC. Things went very fast with my Manager Amadou Tigana whom I look up to as a father in my life.
We played a game against Cotonsport in Buea, after the game we talked and he came over to watch our next game in Douala against Sable of Batié and he was blown away and before my family and I could open our eyes I was on the plane to Georgia and like they say the rest is history…
In Georgia you won a lot of titles with Dinamo Tbilisi...
I spent five fantastic years in Georgia. Especially the second year was really successful.
I won titles there and they even contacted me to take the Georgian nationality and till date in some Google searches it still appears that I am Georgian.
I turned down the offer because I wanted to play for my beloved Country, Cameroon.
I was invited for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009 and I gladly turned up to represent Cameroon.
You had a loan spell with FC Borjomi…
Yes in my first six months in Georgia, I needed a bit of time to settle into a a new league and country which explains why I was sent on loan to a smaller club and it all worked out well.
Pogon Szczecin in the Polish second tier was your next destination…
Your team gained promotion to the top flight in Poland but you took a strange destination, when you moved to JS Saoura in Algeria…
Yeah, I was injured and I was at the end of my contract. The team did not extend my contract so I had to leave, and the opportunity that presented itself at the time was a move to Algeria.
I spent six months there and returned to Poland and spent a-year-and-a-half playing first for Pogoń Siedlce before moving to Olimpia Grudziadz.
From Poland you came to Portugal where you have been since 2015…
Yes. First I signed for Maritimo where I spent two years before moving to Academica Coimbra.
With Academic I am into my third year and the club has treated me extremely well.
I am living the best moments of my career, management has been great with the players it’s our responsibility to payback with great performances every weekend.
How does it feel to be captain of a professional club in Europe?
I feel a bit flattered, it’s not something you see everyday, having an African as captain of a European club. I think I have always been disciplined which probably explains why the club made me captain.
How are you and your teammates coping with the current global Coronavirus pandemic which has grounded football?
We are hanging in there, it’s difficult not to train and play games as we normally do, but we understand Health first. We just have to respect the instructions and stay safe. Before long the storm will be over and we hope to come through this difficult times alive and together.
The current campaign has been canceled so we just have to start preparing and focus on the next one.
Do you have any career regrets or is there something you would have wished to do differently in your career?
I don’t have any regrets I am rather grateful to the Almighty God for all he has done for me.
At 30 what are your dreams and plans for the future…?
Yes I am already thinking about life after football and I have everything already well planned out and my agent Mr Tigana is always there with the best piece of advice.
You must be keeping an eye on the Cameroon league, what do you think can be done to improve it?
Yes I do, I just think that we have to improve on organization and packaging to make it more appealing so we can attract a broadcaster and the rest will follow.
For the players I can only advise them to be disciplined and stay focused every other thing will fall into place.
As a striker growing up in Cameroon, who inspired you Milla or Eto’o?
Both inspired me but Eto’o more, because I actually watched him play and I think he is a role model for many of my generation not just in Africa but the rest of the world.
Have you ever met any of them?
If you did what will you tell them?
I will thank them for all they have done and are still doing for African football and for our country Cameroon. I will let them know that they are the example for many African footballers. They inspired me to want to become like them….unfortunately I did not get anywhere close[laughs].
Any message of hope to your fans in this very challenging times?
Nothing more than to stay home and stay safe. They should follow all the guidelines to help in curbing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, because the world is facing a huge challenge.
Copyright 2020 © kick442.com
All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcasted, written in full or in parts, without a written permission from our management.
This site is not responsible for the content displayed by external sites.