The Soccer World Cup due to this fact started on Sunday, November 20, 2022, with the opening ceremony after which the primary match between Qatar and Ecuador. The Lions of Senegal make their debut on Monday in opposition to the Netherlands with out star striker Sadio Mané, package deal for this World Cup. Senegalese host Boubacar Diallo, alias DJ Boubs, is likely one of the audio system chosen by FIFA to host the competitors. He guarantees to be neutral, regardless of a severe fondness for his nationwide group! Our correspondent in Dakar, Charlotte Idrac, met him earlier than his departure for Qatar.
How do you change into a FIFA World Cup announcer?
DJ Boubs: By making a number of speeches everywhere in the world. I did it throughout athletics conferences in France, in Normandy, I did it in america, I did it in South Africa, I did it in Dakar through the Senegal-Egypt match which stays the reference. I’ve to get the stadium shifting, for the supporters within the stands to maneuver rather a lot, for there to be an actual spectacle each on the pitch and within the stands.
As a speaker, are you certain by strict neutrality?
Sure. Now we have circumstances within the contract. Now we have to be impartial and are available and do the job earlier than the video games when there’s a objective or one thing like that.
However when the Lions are on the pitch, how are you going to do it? Will you be capable to keep impartial?
(laughs) I’ve to be very skilled and achieve this that there’s a lot of animation, a number of pleasure for, and the Lions, and likewise the opposite groups. There’s an inclination that I need to not present.
You aren’t going to shout for instance if there’s a objective of the Lions?
Are we going to must chain you up, put a gag on you?
Sure. They must gag me so I do not leap, nevertheless it’s not going to be straightforward.
The Lions enter the monitor this Monday in opposition to the Netherlands. It is not a small piece. What’s your prediction for Senegal?
I misplaced Sadio Mané [en raison de sa blessure au péroné droit] on the way in which. The primary match might be tense for the gamers and for the supporters. You need to discover your marks. So, I might say, perhaps a draw.
And for the longer term, might the Lions climb to the quarter like in 2002, or much more?
Much more, in quarter, in half. Immediately we’re capable of compete and, as African champions, to compete with European champions, to compete with American champions and Asian champions.
Are you assured?
Very, very assured. Even when Sadio Mané can not play, it should be an extra supply of motivation for others. It may be a lift for others. However you do not want the 2002 syndrome for France, as a result of in 2002 France had the highest scorers within the main European leagues, I imply the highest scorer within the English league, the highest scorer within the French league , the highest scorer within the Italian championship David Trezeguet… and Zinedine Zidane, injured, this undermined the morale of the troops. Folks could not rating a objective in opposition to Senegal. So Aliou Cissé should take that under consideration.
Are you additionally going to assist the opposite African groups, so Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia?
Sure. As a result of immediately, the target is to have two African groups within the final 4 of the World Cup. Cameroon could be very sturdy, Ghana could be very sturdy. However in any case, our hearts exit to all of the African groups. We’re going to reveal ourselves throughout this World Cup.
Aside from the African groups, who can be your favourite for this World Cup: Brazil, Argentina, a European nation?
Me, I’ve a penchant for France first; England could be very engaging; however I’ve all the time been afraid all my lifetime of the Mannschaft, Germany. I used to be supporting France and watching the World Cup when France received knocked out.
It was in 1982 in Spain…
France led by 2 objectives to 0, and afterwards, Germany got here again 3 objectives to 2. I used to be a child, however I cried. Nothing works. I’ve all the time been afraid of Germany. I’ve the phobia of Germany in soccer.
So there, even if you’re certain by neutrality, what can be your message for The Lions who play this Monday?
You have already got the African Cup, we should roar to convey the World Cup again to Dakar.
We noticed the celebration in Dakar for the African Cup. If it is the World Cup, we do not sleep for a number of months?
You haven’t seen something but. The celebration is already making ready in Dakar. The partitions within the colours of Senegal, the streets, the grannies make massive boubous, inexperienced, yellow and pink socks for the dads, inexperienced, yellow and pink fits. And even, we will definitely make a Thiébou Dieune (rice with fish, the nationwide dish) green-yellow-red. It is going to be superb. You might be invited, RFI, you might be invited!
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