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DIDIER REFLECTS ON BELGIAN EXPERIENCE

Posted on 5 December 2007  - 12:00

Didier Zokora is relishing the prospect of returning to Belgium for our final UEFA Cup Group Stage encounter against Anderlecht on Thursday evening.

Didier Zokora is relishing the prospect of returning to Belgium for our final UEFA Cup Group Stage encounter against Anderlecht on Thursday evening.

The midfielder, signed from St Etienne in the summer of 2006, made his introduction to European football at Genk, where he spent four years after making the switch from his homeland of the Ivory Coast.

"I am very happy to get the chance to go back to Belgium, which was my first stop in Europe," reflected Didier. "I joined Genk at the age of 18 and spent four years there, finishing as champions in 2002. It was a great moment in my life," he added, before revealing a personal statistic from his participation in meetings with Anderlecht.

"I never won against them in six games and I hope my luck changes on Thursday. The Genk fans will be very happy too if I am in a team that wins against Anderlecht.

"They are probably the best team in Belgium and they have a lot of Champions League experience."

Didier reasoned that his time at Genk was the ideal starting point for his journey into the European game.

"I was 18 and it was good for me, I came from Africa and it was difficult at first because I was so young and spoke French. When I got there I found that some people speak French and others speak Flemish.

"The first six months were very hard for me, at first I called my mother and told her I wanted to come back to Africa. My friends urged me to stay by reminding me that I loved the football and I got more confident."

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