N’gbakoto: Let the new challenge start

Wanderers new signing Yeni N’gbakoto on his excitement in starting a new chapter of his career with the Red & Black.

The French native kicked off his career in France with St Metz where he played for a number of years before stints in the English Championship and Greek Super League.

Playing for the first time outside of Europe’s top-flight this season, N’gbakoto was lured to Western Sydney after hearing head coach Mark Rudan’s ambitions and plans for the club.

“I was filled with enthusiasm by the sound of the project at the Wanderers as soon as my agent told me about it,” said N’gbakoto.

“I had spoken to players who played and are still playing in the A-Leagues who had told me good things about the competition. 

“I also had a meeting with the Boss Mark (head coach Mark Rudan) who motivated me. His speech, his way of seeing football, his ambition and most importantly his relationship with the families of the club. He makes me feel comfortable and confident, and I am looking forward to playing under his leadership.

“I also watched a video about the city, the club, and the fans. Unbelievable!

“The club has values that look like mine, I’m really excited to come and start the season.”

Guingamp’s forward Yeni Atito Ngbakoto (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Guingamp, on February 17, 2018 at the La Mosson Stadium in Montpellier, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / SYLVAIN THOMAS (Photo credit should read SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Having spoken to current and former players in the A-Leagues, N’gbakoto has an understanding of what to expect from the domestic competition when he touches down in the coming weeks.

“My former teammates said that the A-Leagues is not easy,” explained N’gbakoto.

“It’s tough, competitive with very good clubs.

“The atmosphere in the stadiums is amazing, especially our own. I watched some highlights of the games to have an idea about the type of football played in Australia.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Yeni Ngbakoto of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Carabao Cup first round match between Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town at Loftus Road on August 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Looking forward, N’gbakoto was confident that he would play a role in the Wanderers push for success this season and has welcomed the challenges ahead.

“I want the Wanderers to be the Champions. I want to score, assist and win many games. I want to enjoy my football with my fellow players. 

“I want to give myself the means to be an important player for the team and be part of the project for the long term. 

“I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates, the staff and all the people who work for the club, and the fans.

“Let this new challenge start.”