Raoul Mendy, forward of the national beach soccer team, winner of the United Arab Emirates championship last Monday, wants to take part in the Euroleague, the most important European competition in the discipline, scheduled for June.
” Yes, I am in contact with Greek, Portuguese and Spanish clubs and my goal is to take part in this Euroleague” stated the three-time winner of the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations, who says that the title of Beach Soccer Champion of the United Arab Emirates is a great experience for him. ” It is a very enriching experience to take part in this type of competition“Said the Senegalese striker.
He remembers being contacted by a player from the Al Wasl team. ” We met in 2019 during the World Cup in Uruguay and stayed in touch until he contacted me to play in that tournament” explained Mendy, who won the title under the colors of Al Wasl. Other foreign footballers also took part in the week-long championship, he said. He reports playing in the same team with a Swiss, a Spaniard and an Omani.
” If the first two matches were easy, the semi-finals and the final were world class‘ he let know. This is the kind of competition African beach soccer players miss, said Raoul Mendy, who says he’s still a soccer player at 11.
” We have the potential, the talent and the mental qualities to challenge the best, but we lack that kind of competition‘ remarked the Senegalese international, who played for Génération Foot, AS Pikine, Guédiawaye FC and Jaraaf de Dakar. Mendy believes that ” it would be good “for him” Take part in this Euroleague, a very tough competition“.
He also wished luck to Ngalla Sylla, former coach of the Senegalese national beach soccer team, who has just been recruited by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. ” Life is made up of encounters and breakups, I wish him luck, he’s a pro and he sidestepped the issue with Senegal. In Morocco he will look for new challengessaid the striker, who won three African league titles under Sylla.
Raoul Mendy, named Rising Star by the World Beach Soccer Federation, was a quarter-finalist (2019) and semi-finalist at the Beach Soccer World Cup (2021).