The Marseille midfielder will try to forget a delicate Euro hopes for him on the side of his club, which welcomes Dijon this Sunday.
Unmissable in club, one among others in selection: back from the first phase of Euro Espoirs, where he played little and did not score any points, Boubacar Kamara will resume his role as a major player in Marseille, Sunday during the reception of the Dijon red lantern (9:00 p.m.). Shortly before he left for Hungary with the Bleuets, Kamara had been described by his teammate Alvaro Gonzalez as “best player in Ligue 1. The things Bouba does, it’s incredible. He is 21 years old and he looks 30. ” Even if the objectivity of the Spaniard is questionable, his judgment was based on several months played at high level by Kamara, one of the only Marseillais to have survived during a nightmarish season.
A very delicate Euro Espoirs
The contrast is therefore brutal with the Kamara of the Hopes, too neutral holder during the defeat against Denmark (1-0) and who then no longer put his crampons on the Hungarian grounds, victim of a competition that he does not not suffered at OM. “It is not at all a sanction,” assured the coach Sylvain Ripoll to AFP. “There is no problem with anyone. When there are 23 quality players, there are a lot of disappointments. But everyone rallied to the collective cause and was exemplary in the state of mind, ”he added. Simply, the absence of Kamara does not weigh the same in selection and with OM. In Hungary, Ripoll could choose in the middle among Guendouzi, Tchouaméni, Camavinga or Soumaré. In Marseille, Jorge Sampaoli on the contrary admitted before playing in Nice that the absence of his defensive midfielder was very difficult to compensate, which the 3-0 defeat confirmed.
The pride of Marseille
“Kamara is difficult to replace, due to his consistency and his confidence in this position. I don’t have a player with the same characteristics, ”said the Argentine. The Argentine technician’s judgment was then added to the pile of compliments received this season by the kid from La Soude, a district in the south of Marseille. “He’s a very, very high level boy. He has a very large volume, a high level technique. He is one of the best midfielders in Ligue 1 and he can play a central defender, it’s extraordinary, ”said Nasser Larguet in early March, who acted as interim between André Villas-Boas and Sampaoli. “He’s a very great player, with a great future. I have no doubt that it will be international. He will be, ”for his part assured Florian Thauvin at a time when many Marseille supporters hoped to see Kamara be called not to the Hopes, but with the A of Didier Deschamps.
“We play in the best club in France and even, for me, in Europe”
It must be said that Kamara is the pride of OM and of the city. Best player out of the training center since the “Little Prince of Marseille” Samir Nasri, “Bouba” has worn only one shirt since the age of five and has already played with OM nearly 120 matches in pro, only 21 years old. One year from the end of his contract, his case is also central for the management of the club, who will have to choose between a sale, which could bring in around 30 million euros, and an extension with a salary increase. The player is in no hurry. “We play in the best club in France and even, for me, in Europe,” he smiled in December. Here again, objectivity is questionable. But Kamara is aware of embodying the dream of all the little Marseille footballers.