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'I Am A Father First, Then A Footballer'

A certain African striker has explained that he has not returned to play for his country due to his daughter, even though his national team has been "calling him for a year".

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Young Boys striker Jean-Pierre Nsame has been in terrific form at club level this season, having scored 18 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions.

The 27-year-old, who has only represented Cameroon once in an appearance that dates back to 2017, revealed in a recent interview that he feels he cannot go on international duty due to his daughter, insisting that he sees himself as a father before anything else.  


"Cameroon has been calling me for a year, but I can't go," Nsame told Goal.

"The reason is simple: my daughter lives in France and has gone to school. She also needs her dad to help her in this new stage.

"I then spoke with the coach to explain to him the reason for my non-attendance. This truce was the only time I could see my daughter.

"I told them: 'I am first a father before being a football player. I can win all the trophies in the world, but if my daughter hates me or isn't happy, I haven't won anything at all.'"

Nsame joined Young Boys from Servette in 2017, and has since registered 90 goals and assisted a further 23 strikes in 156 matches for the Swiss giants.

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