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Seb's pride

Posted on 11 June 2010  - 12:00

Sebastien Bassong says he can feel he's involved in ‘something special' as South Africa makes history by hosting Africa's first World Cup.

Seb's pride

Sebastien Bassong says he can feel he's involved in ‘something special' as South Africa makes history by hosting Africa's first World Cup.

The defender is part of the Cameroon squad alongside Spurs team-mate Benoit Assou-Ekotto continuing preparations for their opener against Japan on Monday.

The significance of the tournament is not lost on Sebastien as the showpiece event of the global game kicks-off in Johannesburg on Friday.

"I'm very proud to be representing my country in South Africa and it's very special for Africa and all the African countries," Sebastien told us exclusively on Thursday.

"When you are in South Africa you can see how much it means to everyone. You can feel that. We all believe it's going to be a special competition.

"It means so much to be here. We can all say that we are involved in something special in the world and it's also special for the players here.

"Everyone wants to play in the World Cup, whatever continent it's on. But when the World Cup is in Africa, we can write history. Everyone will remember that and that's why it's special."

Sebastien, who enjoyed an excellent first season at the Lane with 38 appearances in all competitions, said he would love Cameroon to go all the way but insists that he will be behind all African nations.

"I will be so happy if one of the African nations did well, even win the World Cup," he said. "I would be proud for Africa.

"I would love us to go as far as we can but if any African team won the World Cup I would be really happy for all the African people."

Cameroon kick-off against Japan in Group E at 3pm on Monday. They also face Denmark and Holland.

Look out for Seb's views on Cameroon's group on Monday...