SOUKOUNA WANTS TO LEAVE A LEGACY WITH MARITZBURG
27 January, 2022
Maritzburg United talisman Amadou Soukouna has expressed his desire to leave a legacy during his stint with the Team of Choice.
The 29-year-old French-born marksman joined the club on a two-year deal at the start of the season.
The ex-France U/19 international has played in France, Bulgaria, and most recently in Israel. The rich history of South African football inspired him to join Maritzburg United despite having offers from different countries around the globe.
Soukouna had an exclusive chat with the Maritburg United media team about how he is settling in the City of Choice.
MUFC: How’s the City of Choice treating you?
Amadou Soukouna (AS): The City is treating me well and I am so glad to be here.
MUFC: What motivated you to join Maritzburg United?
AS: To be honest, I didn’t know much about the club. The person who linked me and the club (my agent) said so many good things about the club; like it has a professional structure, and there’s a new good coach. So, after hearing all that, I couldn’t resist not joining the club.
MUFC: Did you receive any offers before you decided to join Maritzburg United?
AS: Yes. Obviously, I had offers from different countries but I chose South Africa because I wanted to discover something different and South Africa was a country that I wanted to experience the most because of the past history and attractive cultures that it possesses.
MUFC: What have you learned or experienced about the standard of PSL or South African football?
AS: The level of the PSL is very interesting, competitive with a lot of intensity, and very physical.
MUFC: What seems to be the challenge for you so far and what are you doing or planning to overcome it?
AS: The challenge I have experienced so far was to adapt to a new country. Winning silverware with the club would make me feel very happy.
MUFC: What is your biggest highlight so far in your career?
AS: My greatest moment was my first goal and my on my debut, playing for Toulouse FC, it was a very pleasant moment with my family in the stadium.
MUFC: Do you have any regrets?
AS: Yes. Inevitably some regrets like all other football players for not having taken my football seriously especially in my first years as a professional player. That delayed my career and resulted in a slow start but it was my destiny and I am satisfied with what I have done so far in my career.
MUFC: What would you like to achieve with the club?
AS: I would like to do a lot of good things for the club, especially for the chairman (Farook Kadodia) who from day one has made it easier for me to come to this club and my adaptation. I would like to give back to him on the field to give to him and the club by giving them moments of joy for everything they have done for me.
MUFC: What can you promise the fans?
AS: First of all, I would love to see them in the stadium because football without fans is not football. The motivation and encouragement during the matches comes from them. I can promise them that I will give my level best to make them happy by scoring goals and creating assists for my teammates. The most important thing for me is to make them happy.
MUFC: Thank you so much for your time Soukouna.
AS: You’re more than welcome.