This Tuesday, Mustapha Sangaré will do his first training with Amiens where he has just signed a three-year professional contract at the age of 21. A nice leap forward for the striker who played in National 3 in Racing where he scored 8 goals in 6 games since the start of the season. But his story is even more beautiful when we know that three years ago, during the 2017-2018 season, he played … in the 4th district division (i.e. the 12th national level) at Camilienne in the 12th arrondissement. .
A club where he only signed a footballer’s license at the age of 16 after having played tennis for a long time. “Football was only downstairs with my friends,” he explains. They are the ones who pushed me to register. In my head, I never thought of going pro. It was at leisure. »Very attached to his district of Porte de Vincennes, Mustapha was also very involved in the Camilienne, a cultural, artistic and sports association. Holder of the DEJEPS (State Diploma for Youth, Popular Education and Sport), he was in charge of the women’s section and also gave classes in body awareness and circus to children. “The 12th arrondissement, Camilienne, was my whole life,” he admits. I was fulfilled, I loved my job. With the children and their parents, I had built a great relationship. A lot of people told me that I had the qualities to play higher but I couldn’t see giving up my work for that. “
In the 4th district division, he puts on goals. “I played in reserve because there was a concern of transfer. My last year, I scored more than 30. ”In the summer of 2018, he signed for Vincennes to also evolve with the reserve in the 1st district division. “I went there because I knew the coach and that it was close to home, he admits. Going from D4 to Regional 1 (the level of the Vincennes first team) seemed complicated to me. After a few weeks, taking advantage of injuries, he nevertheless joined the first team and seized his chance. “I scored (5 goals and 5 assists) and I saw that I could have the R1 level, he explains. I had several contacts including Saint-Leu and Racing in N3. I chose Racing because it was less far but when I finished my work at 6 pm at La Camilienne, I sometimes arrived late at Colombes. At the start, trainer Guillaume Norbert warned me that I will be the 4th striker. “
But as in Vincennes, he quickly shakes up the hierarchy despite a first season disrupted by a sprained internal ligament of a knee. Since August, everything has accelerated for him. “I had taken an agent and from the first game of N3, clubs and other agents began to call,” he explains. If he made a successful test with the reserve of Monaco (N2), he preferred Amiens.
“It’s a great club which was in L1 last year. Monaco, that seemed too high to me and it was first to be in reserve with a professional contract. But honestly, I couldn’t see myself leaving now, I thought I would finish the season and go up with Racing and keep my job as an educator. I had responsibilities like Camilienne and all my friends were in Racing. It stings my heart to have to leave them. But I also thought of myself. Given my background, such an opportunity may never happen again. I said to myself: go for it and don’t look back… I received more than a hundred messages from the children and parents of La Camilienne. As soon as I have free time, I will return to see them. I will not forget them. “
In Amiens, he will already have to cope with the pace of training. “I’m going to need some time to adapt, that’s for sure,” he admits. I know I have toasted a lot of steps in 3 years. But seeing where I come from, I’m not afraid. This pro contract is only a step, not an end. I am well placed to know that everything can go very quickly in football. But my life course, my education means that I will always keep my head on my shoulders. I’m not going to start igniting. My story shows that there is always a way to scratch something in football even if we didn’t go to a training center and we weren’t formatted for it at the start… ”
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