Mali legend Kanoute: Talent alone not enough

Mali legend Kanoute: Talent alone not enough
Frederic Kanoute (L) and Mohamed Aboutrika

by Staff Reporter

Friday May 10, 2019. 17:00

Mali football legend Frederic Kanoute says talent alone is not enough for a successful career.

The 2007 CAF African Footballer of the Year enjoyed a lot of success during his career as a professional footballer.

Kanoute, who played for English side Tottenham Hotspur and Spanish outfit Sevilla during his playing days, also stated that key to success is hard work.

"Keep working, talent is not enough. You need to work hard - have an ethic of working hard and discipline," Kanoute told BBC Sport.

"You have to be very strong mentally as well. We shouldn't forget, football is not only about playing around with a ball.

"There is a technical aspect. There is a tactical aspect. There is a physical aspect. There is a mental aspect," he added.

Kanoute helped Mali reach the semi-finals of the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

He also featured in their selections for the tournament in 2006 and 2010.



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