Jeunesse Canach (D2 Luxembourg) – El Hadji Fine Bop: “My secret has always been patience, rigor and hard work”
Nominated for the Luxembourg Ballon d’Or, current top scorer in the championship, El Hadji Fine Bop had an exceptional season with FC Jeunesse Canach (D2 Luxembourg). Author of 26 goals in 24 games, the Senegalese international striker, former member of Diambars and Olympique de Ngor retrace his experience in this country where he spent six long years. He also talks about his performance and his ambitions, after allowing his club to maintain their position with 8 wins, 9 draws, 11 losses and 35 points.
Current top scorer in the D2 national championship, two days before the end of the season, can we say that the objective has been achieved, after allowing your club to maintain itself?
On the one hand, I can say that the objective has been achieved, because the club has ensured its maintenance. There are two days left and the objective for me is to continue on this product and finish top scorer. I will focus for the rest of the two games after achieving the first objective which is maintenance.
With 26 goals scored in 24 games, you are nominated for the Luxembourg Golden Ball. What has been your secret this season?
My secret has always been patience, rigor and hard work. It is therefore a pleasure for me to be among the nominees for the Luxembourg Ballon d’Or. It is the fruit of a long work and perseverance since I have been in this country. We are professional players and we love what we do. Only work pays. I have improved a lot in terms of technique, speed and experience. I’m much more of a killer in front of goal. I also listen carefully to my older brother Henri Camara (former Senegalese international), who gives me advice on lifestyle and how to manage his career.
Precisely, you spent almost 6 years in this country. Hasn’t the moment to change destination arrived?
It is true that I lasted in this championship, but you must not leave to leave. I am in a championship where I play. I am given the opportunity to express myself on the pitch, so before leaving you must first make a good choice. I have offers elsewhere, but I’m waiting for the right one before committing.
What are the characteristics of this championship?
It is a very technical and physical championship. The only problem we have is that he is not well publicized in Senegal, while there are many Senegalese players here, including ex-FC Metz player Momar Ndiaye, Ibra Mboup, Sambou Sar…
From a distance, how did you experience the performance of the Senegal national team?
I am the national team, I am Senegalese and proud to be. At the final whistle after the CAN final in Cameroon, I had tears in my eyes. The people really needed this trophy. We had a good team and we could only win this competition. Often, I speak with Saliou Ciss who is really a friend, a brother and I take the opportunity to preserve a speedy recovery for him. Congratulations to the whole team, staff and managers for the work done.
After the A team with coach Aliou Cissé against Colombia in Argentina, do you think of a possible return to the A team?
I had actually traveled to Argentina, against Colombia, with Cheikh Ndoye, Moussa Konaté… and the dream of every player is to be called up to the national team.
At the World Cup, Senegal will be in Group I with the host country, Qatar…
I followed the draw, but it’s a World Cup. All the teams that will be there at the level. But with this team we have, we can compete with any other team in the world. However, no team should be underestimated.