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Boubacar Fofana: "Now the hard part starts, but I'm where I wanted to be"

Published on 15 January 2019 at 10:28 AM

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Boubacar Fofana : « Le plus dur commence, mais je suis où je voulais être »
The 20-year-old midfielder has signed his first professional contract with OL, which will be his new club for the next four years after finishing the current season on loan at Gazélec d'Ajaccio. Fofana talks how he got here and the next steps he hopes to take with Lyon.

Your career is taking off. You'll finish the season on loan at Gazelec Ajaccio before officially joining OL. How do you feel?

Pride. I went through hard times, but that made me what I am today. Coming from a National 2 club, it's an honor that OL were interested in me and showed their confidence by making this commitment.

What does OL represent for you?

It's a very big French club. They've proven it in recent years by qualifying for European competitions year after year, and when they play in Europe, they play hard.

Tell us about your journey up until now...

I started in Torcy with my hometown club, then I joined Clairefontaine for two years. Then I went to Bastia, where I stayed for two years before returning to my club in Torcy. It wasn't easy, but I relaunched myself. I went to Epinal in the Championnat National 2. It was a tough year, my first year was difficult but I learned a lot. After that, I went to Saint-Priest, where the coach trusted me on the pitch and now I'm with OL. It's a beautiful but tough story.

When you joined Saint-Priest, did you expect to end up at OL so fast?

Even in the best-case scenario, I didn't think a club like OL could be interested in me. Now it's up to me to repay their confidence back on the pitch.

What are your goals?  

Having a good finish to the Ligue 2 season with the Gazélec of Ajaccio is important. Coming from the Championnat National 2, this will allow me to move up a level, but also to show what I can do in the pros. I hope that it will go well so that I can prepare myself well for OL.

It's an emotional time for you. Is this a dream come true?

Yes, it's a dream. It's emotional for me and my family. The hard times, they also went through them. It's the culmination of all my work and also the beginning of more work. Now the hard part starts, but I'm where I wanted to be and I'm happy."



. OL Head Recruiter Florian Maurice

"He's a good kid with a good attitude. He's a player whose technical skills are well above average. He's very fast... and can score goals. He still has a lot of work to do to improve when he doesn't have the ball, but that's something he'll learn every day. He has a very strong will."