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NM1: Not a clan, a sector at Cep Lorient

Baba Samake, Ibrahim Saounera et Drissa Ballo.

This season, four Malians evolve under the colors of Cep Lorient. All international, they know each other well, a real advantage on the field, but they do not form a clan outside.

“Initially, it’s a combination of circumstances and it became a channel with Ibrahim Saounera,” said the Lorient coach Philippe Maucourant, which has four Malians in its workforce this season and all international.

“I’m talking to Ibrahim who is the leader of the selection and a manager at home. He gives me his feelings about a player that I have targeted, combining skills and values, even if the frame of a national team and that of a team are completely different. ”

Thus, Baba Samaké, Saourata Cissé and the “little” last Drissa Ballo (2.08 m) found themselves in Lorient. “We played against each other in clubs and I played in selection with Drissa and Saourata,” said the elder. If obviously, the four are close, they do not form in any case a clan.

“We are not too much of a community,” says the playmaker. But when Drissa Ballo came to Lorient at the beginning of the month, they were of course there to facilitate his integration.

“This sector certainly played a role in the choice of Drissa”, is convinced the technician who, beyond everyday life, is a true complicity in the field. “The advantage of knowing each other before is knowing what the player knows how to do and where he is good,” says Saounera.

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Home cooking
The work done, Baba Samaké is a fine cook and it is the whole team that has the leisure, from time to time, to appreciate its dishes. “I have a good command of African cuisine and a little Italian. It’s one of my hobbies, especially when I’m bored or a little sad. And at the moment, the Cep Lorient cross a difficult pass with six consecutive defeats.

Drissa is also a good cook and “big brother” Ibrahim looks forward to his invitation. “When we meet with the whole team to share a meal, we talk a lot but also everything,” says Ibrahim.

The situation in Canada and the latest tragic events affect them a great deal. “It worries us inevitably. Tonight, they will all be focused on trying to turn the wheel on the right side and get back to success would be a good excuse to enjoy some good home-made food together.

Drissa (24 years old) and Baba (25 years old) were born the same day, November 28, and are real friends in life for having met very young people in . “Our best birthday present would be to win Saturday against Vanves,” assures both players.

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Source : Le Télégramme

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