Free State Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangar praises the Premier Soccer League
Posted: 26 November 2017 Time: 18:25
Free State Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare has had his early challenges in Bethlehem but is confident he will continue playing a role in improving the team’s fortunes.
The Ivory Coast international is the only player at Ea Lla Koto that has featured in every minute of the club’s 10 games in all competitions so far this season.
Though he had a slow start with the team Sangare has looked firm between the sticks since Luc Eymael took over.
“At the beginning communication was a bit difficult,” he tells KickOff.com.
“But then with football being a universal language there is always a way. Having played in Thailand before I do speak some English so that has helped as well. Though the coach is also a French speaker he never addresses us in French when we are together as a team because English is the language spoken by all at the club. This being my first season in the PSL I am having a good season,” he says.
The experienced keeper notes that the priority is on helping the team towards a top-half finish this season.
“I came here to Free State Stars to help the team progress and be in the top eight. That is the main goal that I have set. Plus this is a very difficult championship which is also one of the best in Africa,” adds Sangare.
Wednesday’s home match against Chippa United was the first game the 31-year-old played since the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with The Elephants after losing the deciding game against Morocco at home.
“It is a big disappointment for the Ivory Coast to not qualify for the World Cup because as Ivorians we are used to being in the big competitions. It is really a huge disappointment so we apologise to all Ivorians. We have all these players in Europe but the reality of African football nowadays is such that opponents have improved and the duels are always tightly contested,” he says.