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Spurs star reveals tough decision

Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
8:46 AM

Tottenham full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto admitted that he chose to play for Cameroon and felt that picking France would have been easier.

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The 28-year-old had the choice between the two nations and opted to play for his father’s homeland and he revealed that it made his life more difficult.

“When you go to Cameroon, football is almost a religion,” he told CNN. “I don’t feel the pressure when I play. It’s very cool to play there because it’s a different atmosphere.

“It’s not about where are you born, it’s about for which team, because if you born in France, you have the possibility to play in France.

“So your value can be here, when you make a choice and play for an African team, the football will be more difficult for you because after you have the Africa Cup of Nations and there’s not a club, they want their footballers to travel out in the middle of the season as well.”

The full back also insisted that his work with his charity, the BA32 foundation, is more important than what he does on the pitch.

“I’d prefer to be remembered for what I will do after football. Every weekend I make 40,000 people happy with me and my team, but I hope to make more than 40,000 people happy after football.

“We must remember to help other people not just footballers, because I am not just a footballer.”

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