Beye Disappointed With Senegal Team Spirit

Habib Beye was surprisingly straight talking and obviously disappointed with Senegal’s performances at the African Cup of Nations, when he talked at length to the Newcastle Journal today.


Habib Beye – unhappy with Senegal team spirit – glad to be back

Here’s what Habib had to say about Senegal, their elimination from the African Cup of Nations and the new manager, Kevin Keegan:

“It was not a good experience at the African Cup of Nations, we went out in the first round and we did not play together,” “It doesn’t matter if we had a lot of good players, we didn’t have a good team.”

“ There was no team spirit and no togetherness. Everyone knew before the tournament there was a problem in the squad. We had young players and old players and there was a problem between the two. We didn’t play together at all and it was not a happy place to be.”

“I was very happy to go to the African Cup of Nations and join the Senegal squad, I was looking forward to it, but I knew we had problems in the two friendly games before the tournament.”

“The spirit was no good and we lost to Angola 3-1 in our second game, that made it too difficult to qualify. We should have done a lot a better, but you cannot play if the team is not together.” “Because it was so miserable playing for Senegal it was a big relief to come back here to Newcastle and to be able to play for my team-mates again.” “It makes me very happy to be back here, but we must change results,”

“We have some very big games now because we need points badly before we can feel comfortable.” “We need to stay in the Premiership, we are low in confidence and we need to start winning games or we are going to be in trouble. That’s the most important thing now.”

“It’s strange coming back and Sam has gone. I came to Newcastle because of Sam, I signed for him, but that’s football sometimes. There is a new manager here now and that’s all that matters.”

“Kevin Keegan is a legend at Newcastle, he did a good job here before and we need to help him do that again. I was away with Senegal when I found out about Sam and I was very disappointed. I think we, the players, have to take some responsibility for that.” “Training is a little different under Kevin, but it doesn’t really matter. I am here to work, do my best for Newcastle and I will help Kevin Keegan as much as I can.”

“I came back to training on Monday and I spoke with Kevin straight away. He said he was happy to see me and that he was looking forward to working with me. He makes everyone feel confident and relaxed and we need that because it’s very important we start winning games because we need points. If you don’t have confidence it’s difficult to play.”

“People have said that I have stopped playing for Senegal, but I never said that. All I’ve said is that I’m very disappointed at what happened. All that is important to me at this time is coming back to Newcastle. I will think about what I am going to do about playing for Senegal later.”

Good words from Habib and we have always been impressed with him since he seems so experienced and mature, and appears to like it at Newcastle.

We even think Habib would make a good captain at the club, and we expect Kevin will make some decision on that during th summer.

We really hope the former Marseilles captain comes straight back into the side today as we suspect Keegan has been told how well Beye was playing before he went off the the African Cup of Nations. Also Kevin has had a full week to watch him in training.

It’s good have have Habib back, and we’d like to see both Beye and his Senegalese team-mate Faye back in the starting line up today.

Comments very welcome.

6 comments so far

  • hanz_emre

    Feb 9, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    fancy Beye to start with Carr in sub.

  • George

    Feb 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    If he was disappointed with the Senegal team spirit, he should know how us NUFC fans have fealt for most of this season. We have not really seen any team spirit or togetherness until recently. Mind you this is not a pop at Habib, as quite frankly he is probably the best plus to come from the SA era. We fans are just a part of the team as the players, our support can be worth points with our vocallity and geeing up, but when the spirit is not their from the players, we all know what it is like. Just as Habib has found out.

  • ToonKing

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    i don’t like today’s team………

  • Howie

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    cant believe he has left faye out. best defender we have. carew is going to have a field day

  • Elliott

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    If we had 11 Beye’s we’d be doing fine. He’s a true pro, a leader. Yeah he had a couple of dodgy games at the beginning but has come back strong and looks better and better with every game.

    I knew he was a good player before we signed him but seeing him every week you realise how good. Rarely wastes a pass. Reads the game well. Good on the ball. Will thrive under Keegan.

    I hope he stays, he seems to love it here and love the fans. Birmingham was class, winding the crowd and team up at that final corner when you’d think some of our other staff would have switched off 10 mins before.

    Glad to have you back son!

  • Obafan

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I really like this guy his attitude. Always honnest and that is why he plays so good and wh he is love by us, Newcastle fans

    Elliot – Indeed if we had 11 players with Beye’s spirit we would have got a very good and strong squad. Like you I really hope he will stay next season, but I’m quite confident he will if he sees what KK will do with the team.


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