There’s an excellent interview with Papiss Cisse in the Newcastle Journal today and this player comes over as a very humble boy, not unlike the two other African players we have in the side – Cheick Tiote, whose Papiss’ best friend in the side, and also Demba Ba of course, who seems to be the epitome of humility.
Papiss Cisse assaulted by Shola after Papiss scored on Thursday night
Cisse is also very polite, and his parents have obviously brought him up with the right priorities in life, but Papiss has also come a long way from his days in Sedhiou in Senegal, to being the number 9 striker at a club as famous as Newcastle United is.
Papiss was born in Dakar, the Capital of Senegal located on the extreme west coast of Africa, and he was brought up in the remote southern area of Senegal called Sedhiou, and the 26 year-old has come a long long way from his humble beginnings.
In the evenings Papiss Cisse regularly plays pool with Cheick, and he always beats him – well at least according to Papiss:
“My best friend in the team is Cheick and because of him, my day is always the same.” “After training, Tiote wakes up from his siesta at 5 pm, he calls me and says he wants some Senegalese rice. That means I have to go out and do some shopping to get the ingredients and ask him what time he is coming over.”
“We have the same style, we like to laugh together. Cheick is a completely different person on and off the pitch – he seems crazy on the pitch but off it, he is different but we like the same things. I love playing pool, that is my game. We play all the time and I always destroy Tiote!”
“It’s been very different this season, for sure.” “It was a bit complicated at the beginning. There was some waiting around to score and defenders always seemed to be there – they always seemed to be present in the box.” “My job is now to bring something new and I am working on that. I have some surprises for defences this season.”
“I can’t say what they are! It’s a secret, something that I’m working on with the coach. It is a pleasure to work with this coach, he is such a great influence.” “It’s almost like living a dream. The people who live here are so nice and the supporters really need to be thanked for being behind me all the time.”
“The players are nothing without the supporters so I really want to thank them.” “I always smile. I’m not ill, I have good health, I do my job and people love me.” “I don’t see why I should pull a face about it?”
We often think just how many good characters Newcastle have in their squad these days, and that hasn’t come by accident, as the Newcastle staff do a lot of scouting of players into their background, character and personalities, to see if they will fit in at Newcastle.
While Papiss is finding goals harder to come by this season, it seems he has some surprises up his sleeve – and we’ll have to wait and see what they are – but he showed on Thursday night that when he gets half a chance, he can put that ball into the back of the net with consummate ease. Of course his amazing skill and technique help with that.
We look forward to Papiss Cisse scoring many more goals for Newcastle this season and in the future, and it’s always good to have such a good guy on the books at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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