Sanneh sees Senegalese mate Mbodji as a competitor and not rival

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gambian defender Bubacarr Sanneh revealed that he sees his new Senegalese teammate Kara Mbodji as a competitor and not a rival.

Sanneh, who is the most expensive defender in Belgium after his €8m move from Danish champions FC Midtjyll  to Anderlecht, has seen limited playing time for the struggling Belgian side who have appointed a new coach after the sacking of Hein Vanhaezebrouck last month.

Anderlecht lies fifth heading into the second round of the league campaign and have brought back Mbodji, whose loan at French club Nantes was cut short after he struggled to find regular first-team football, meaning The Gambian now faces competition for a starting position.

Sanneh admits that competition for places is healthy, as he is set to battle with Mbodji but says the Senegalese return can only be a good thing for the club ahead of the second round of the league.

He told that Anderlecht has a new coach who wants to give chance to everyone in the team, noting that it is a new beginning for him as well. “I do not feel any pressure.  If the club has chosen me, it is because it sees something in me. And the return of Kara is a good thing because competition makes everyone better,” he said, and added, “and I think I could form a good partnership with Kara himself.”

He said to come back to his beginnings, he also had to adapt to a new competition stronger than what he had experienced in Denmark, in a team that was going through a difficult period, saying the road is still long and they must try to fight to finish the season.”

He added he feels good and it’s a new start for everyone, noting that they all have to fight together to achieve their goals. “In football, there are complicated moments sometimes but you have to stay positive, have confidence in your possibilities and move forward. Then, we must seize the chance when it presents itself.”

Anderlecht will get their season’s second round underway on Sunday when they face K.A.A. Gent at the Ghelamco Arena.

Author: Arfang M.S Camara