Passed by the popular “navetaan” championship, Talla Mbaye is one of the players who lasted the longest in the Senegalese league 1. Passed by several local clubs including Ace PIKINE, the current member of the Stade de Mbour, outstanding striker, wants after this season, to showcase his talent abroad. He gave us an interview a few weeks ago.
How did your football debut go?
Football is a passion for me, as it is for most young people from suburban neighborhoods. This is what made me stop my studies despite the refusal of my father who was a teacher and I am the only one to have opted for this path. Here everyone has at least the Bac except me. There was always a soccer ball in my backpack and I spent all my time in the fields until late hours instead of going home to learn my lessons.
What was your teacher father’s first reaction to this situation?
He still understood and supported me. He himself practiced football via the “navetaan” but he continued his studies unlike me. On the other hand my mother was more opposed to my practice of football. She favored my studies. The people from the neighborhood who came to talk to him about my football talent finally convinced him to let me be my passion.
And from there you launched your career?
I started in my neighborhood with the help of a former player by the name of “Pothio” who had organized a tournament. I was at the time at the football school of a certain Hady Diouf with Pape Cheikh Diop, the Senegalese international playing in Dijon. With the coach Hady Diouf who taught me everything, I played with the youngest, the youngest and the youngest. From there I went to another center, “Jappo de Pikine”. This is where Ace Pikine detected me and caught me in the junior team. This year too with my ASC of Ceddo 80 from Guédiawaye, who had spent 22 years without winning any trophies, we gleaned three cups. I was the captain. These performances pushed As Pikine to sign me my first contract. I won the regional and national cups with the juniors, then the league cup with the seniors. The following year, I was loaned to Ndiambour for one season, then Guédiawaye FC with whom I returned to league 1 with the league cup in addition. I then joined Niarry Tally where I also won the Senegal Cup, As Customs and finally I returned to As Pikine.
What explains all this instability in your career where you played in several clubs?
I won’t hide it from you, it was mainly for financial interests because the clubs that wanted me always offered me more. I followed my interests in money but also sports projects.
The club that marked you the most among all these and why?
It was Niarry Tally where I won the Senegal Cup in 2016. This passage particularly marked me.
Everywhere you’ve been, you’ve left your mark. What’s your secret?
The work, the determination, the desire to do better every time. That’s the reason I used to kill myself in practice.
What are your ambitions with the Mbour Stadium?
Scoring a lot of goals for my club, being decisive and especially that this season is my last in Senegal. There are clubs that are interested in me but I’m waiting for the end of the season to see more clearly.
An anecdote for our readers …
(Laughs) I always smile when I remember our experience as a junior at As Pikine with the Senegalese international Pape Abou Cissé. It was certainly difficult but pleasant moments as a memory. We were young and we were delusional all the time. I would not say more because it is nonsense and the like (laughs) !!!