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Lens new boy Ganago talks of Balotelli inspiration

Ignatius Ganago named Mario Balotelli as one his inspirations during his time with OGC Nice.

Lens new boy Ganago talks of Balotelli inspiration

The Cameroon forward named the ex-Inter Milan player as one of his inspirations during his time with Les Aiglons

New RC Lens recruit Ignatius Ganago has praised Mario Balotelli for giving him inspiration during his time at OGC Nice.

The 21-year-old moved to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis after falling to nail a regular berth in the starting XI at the Allianz Riviera.

Despite struggling to impose himself, he was able to gain experience in the French Riviera, with Balotelli one of the key figures to inspire him. The eccentric Italian forward of Ghanaian descent was with Nice between 2016 and 2019 and netted 43 goals in 76 outings.

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Ganago also recounted his journey to Nice, which began in his native country with Douala-based Ecole de Football Brasseries du Cameroun (EFCB) between 2011 and 2017, before he moved to France.

“I was very happy, I liked [Mario] Balotelli a lot,” Ganago told FootMercato. “I liked his character. He inspired me. There was also Dante. During my first training with the pros, I took pictures with them. They were players I watched on TV in the Champions League!

“I was very happy to be there, but it was not going the way I wanted on the pitch,” the forward added. “It was completely different from Cameroon; the climate, the way of playing, the training, the way of training…

“It was complicated, especially in terms of intensity. The thing is that in Cameroon I was the player we counted on the most, while [in Nice,] there were other players like me. We had to work more.

“At first I was a little lost, but I was lucky that…

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