Bassong’s blessing for club and country


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Sebastien Bassong believes that the decision not to involve him in January’s African Cup of Nations has proven to be a blessing.

The defender was left out of Paul Le Guen’s squad for the tournament and his national boss explained that it was better for him to play regular football for Tottenham, rather than be on the bench for Cameroon.

Bassong’s performances for Spurs have been rewarded with an inclusion in Cameroon’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup, along with Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

“Of course, it hurt that I didn’t go to the African Nations Cup,” said Bassong.

“I was talking with Harry (Redknapp) and Paul Le Guen, and he took his decision. He had his own reasons that he explained to me.

“If I went to the African Nations Cup I wouldn’t be playing so he thought it was better for me to stay at Tottenham to compete for my place here and help them stay in the top four.

“I don’t know if Harry spoke to him but it was a good thing, maybe the best thing for the club but not for Cameroon.”


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  1. i have been very impressed with Bassong this season, he has been in the shadows of both Dawson and King who have had both amazing seasons, but Bassong has impressed me. i was very supprised when i heard he was not going to participate in the African nations cup, but glad beacuse we really needed him at the time.
    And what a match winner against LIverpool. What a goal. proper defender

  2. Bassong has been the unsung hero of the season for spurs. He has rarely had a bad game and has had a great attitude when he has been displaced by a fit Ledley King. I think if we had lost him to the African Nations we wouldn't be sitting in the position we found ourselves at the end of the season.

    Great Player, Great Attitude & That dance after the Liverpool victory (Priceless)

  3. Agree spectacular debut season stepped when when King & Woodgate were absent top class defender in his own right!!

  4. Great Defender with a great future. Never lets the side down and can only learn by playing with King and Dawson.


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