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Off-the-radar: An exclusive interview with Jade Boho Sayo

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Sarthak Kumar interviews an ex-Rayo and ex-Atlético striker with three consecutive league titles.

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This interview is in light of Barcelona's title deciding fixture today against Atlético Madrid in the Liga Iberdrola...



When did you make the decision to pursue football and what motivated you to do so?

The first time I saw a soccer ball was at 3 years of age. I remember perfectly seeing my brother playing and from that very moment I was in love with this sport. All I learned was thanks to my brother.

What was the experience like when you played for Torrejón for the first time?

For me it was a dream come true because I was going to have the possibility to play in the first division and I have to say that everything was thanks to my team A.D. Orcasitas that was in a lower category (2nd Division). It is a time in my life that I will never forget because it was where I got to know myself and where I learned to grow as a player.

What were the initial thoughts you had when Rayo Vallecano approached you?

The truth is that I felt very flattered and fortunate because they had a great project with great players and I was very excited that they wanted me to be part of the team.

You were one of the stars of the Rayo team that won three league titles in a row as well as a Copa de la Reina - were you expecting to have so much success with the team?

We had a great team that could choose to get or fight for titles but personally do not imagine that everything was going to turn out so well but finally we believed in what we could do and we worked very hard to achieve the objectives.

How would you describe your time at Rayo, and what influenced you to rejoin the club in 2014?

My time at Rayo was very good, and would have been even better to have been able to play more minutes but I learned many things and I take great friendships. - I decided to return in 2014 after my season with Atlético Madrid because it has always been my home and when they knew I was not going to continue with Atlético were the first to open their doors.

What were your thoughts when Bristol became interested in you, and was it a difficult decision to leave Spain?

I remember that my agent gave me the news and I was so excited that I could not believe it. I have always wanted to go abroad and try on a professional league, more physical and harder. I needed to know if I could be on the level and I was not going to miss my chance.

How difficult was it to adapt to England after having played for so long in Spain?

No one had ever made me feel so good in a place away from home, much less in a different country away from all your family, your partner and friends. In just two weeks I was already integrated with the rest of the team. People treated me like "one more", almost like family and that was shown later when I played. I was delighted with everyone and I only have words of gratitude.

How would you describe your stints at Bristol and Reading?

Bristol was perfect in every way! Maybe would change some small details here and there but it was more than perfect. In Reading I would change many things from beginning to end - one of them being more decisive...

Madrid CFF are currently in the promotion places - how confident is the team about making it to the Liga Iberdrola and what is the atmosphere in the dressing room at the moment?

Madrid CFF has a great team this year. I think it has balanced very well with the young people who will give the team freshness and that spark that infects everyone, that mixed with the people who have been newly signed from the first division gives an experience to the team that maybe the team before did not have and lacked. We are all excited because the time comes soon but until then we have not stopped working very hard every day.

What are your plans for the future?

I still can not talk about future because you never know it can happen but I would love to be able to continue at the club.

What do you do in your free time?

In my spare time I love reading, going to the movies, going to the gym to work on my body, I love listening to music and doing other sports when football allows me to.




This interview was reproduced from the Hinchas y Jugadores project. You can read it here.