Wissa: ‘My mother did not want me to play GK’

Wissa: ‘My mother did not want me to play GK’
Brentford's Yoane Wissa (right) celebrates after scoring

by Thando Mpembe

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024. 11:52

Brentford attacker Yoane Wissa has given insights into how he transitioned from being a goalkeeper to an attacking midfielder, revealing his mother’s influence in the positional change during his days as a youth footballer.

Wissa got his name on the scoresheet during his side’s 4-2 loss against West Ham in the Premier League on Monday night, as the DR Congo star took his tally to 22 goals in 98 appearances at the club.

Now though, It was recently reported that Wissa underwent numerous positional changes throughout his younger days, while the 27-year-old’s mother did not enjoying seeing him play between the sticks.

“I actually started as a goalkeeper because the day before a game I played with my friend and, when I was in goal, he didn’t score. The keeper wasn’t there and my friend told the coach I did well,” Wissa said, as per Sportskeeda.

“I played there for maybe four years from when I was seven until 11.”

“After that, I moved into midfield because my mother said that she didn’t want me to play there anymore because the keeper doesn’t do much during the game.”

“So, I told that to my head coach and I moved to play as a No6 in midfield for maybe two years, then the next two years I played as a No10 and a winger.”

“And then I started scoring a lot of goals and then, when I went to Chateauroux, I started as a striker.”


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