OLTV : The best of Henri Bedimo on OLNS
His time at OL
It was an exceptional opportunity to have been able to wear the jersey of Olympique Lyonnais. I grew up watching the OL of the 2000s win everything in its path; since I was at Grenoble, I was right next door. It was obvious to take the opportunity to join this family when I had the chance. I spent three superb years in this club, which developed me enormously as a player but also and especially as a man. The president was particularly extraordinary. Whenever anyone criticized the club or a player, he stood up and defended his family. As a man, it's very nice to know that its president will always fight tooth and nail for you. I have a lot of memories, among the derbies, the rants of Joël Bats, meeting with the young people of the academy...
It was a natural decision. After 15 years in the professional world, even if the passion remains, the pace of life as a footballer becomes a bit tiring. I am a person who makes decisions with a lot of thought, everything is carefully thought out. It was a good time for me to announce the end of my career because in my head, I had already turned the page for a long time. Before announcing it, I just needed to know where I was headed for my second life. I've been preparing for this for a while. I have a lot of projects, especially in the management and education of young footballers. I am ready for a fresh start.
The injury that prevented me from competing in the 2017 CAN remains the biggest heartbreak of my career, especially since my country won the title. I tried to hurry my return, I did everything to be there on time but it was not enough. It’s the first time I’ve talked about it and it will remain an eternal regret. The relegation with RC Lens in 2011 is my second biggest regret. Lens is a club that matters a lot to Cameroonians because a lot of my compatriots have played there. I felt like I was failing them.