From November 14 to 19, the island of perfumes welcomes Florent Piétrus, former participant of the France group, and Benoît Gomis, private coach of massive names within the orange ball. The chance for the 2 males to handle younger Mahoraises and Mahorais, in an effort to instill in them the willpower and the work essential to arrive on the prime of the poster, or at the least on the peak of the ring.
“It could be tremendous egocentric to maintain my expertise, I’ve to cross it on! “. From the outset, Florent Piétrus bears witness to the fraternal values of basketball. It have to be mentioned that the robust winger is aware of the orange ball fairly nicely. With 230 alternatives for the France group, between 2001 and 2016, he simply surpasses stars like Jacques Monclar, Tony Parker, Richard Dacoury or Nicolas Batum. The colossus of 2m02, nevertheless, is humble, throughout this convention at Mermoz, Monday morning. Identical to Benoît Gomis, personal coach who has skilled nice French skills, equivalent to Rudy Gobert, Vincent Poirier, Sekou Doumbouya, and even the “extraterrestrial” 18 years outdated and 2m19, Victor Wembanyama.
If such personalities can set foot on Mayotte soil, it’s because of the Mayotte Regional Basketball League and the Drajes (through “Paris 2024” certification), which arrange the occasion, underneath the management of Soussou Sportswear and its founder, the hyperactive Abdillah Sousou. “We’re not simply right here to benefit from the solar, I am not excited to come back for images”, warns the French worldwide, nevertheless. The 2 basketball gamers will certainly tour colleges to conduct sports activities programs with younger folks. The Pamandzi 5 college and the Labattoir and Kawéni 1 faculties are notably on this system, to supply precious recommendation to those that could be occupied with knowledgeable profession, and specifically college students from the sports activities sections. “Even at 10,000 kilometers, they need to know that we’re additionally considering of them, that they really feel supported”, says Florent Piétrus, who has spent most of his profession within the French and Spanish leagues. “In the event that they solely keep in mind one or two issues, then we may have gained. »
“What can you sacrifice?” »
Going so far as sending younger skills to metropolitan France or Reunion? In any case, that is the want of the regional tutorial delegation for youth, dedication and sports activities. For this, there isn’t a different alternative than to depart Mayotte, because the infrastructures and supervision are inadequate on the island within the lagoon. The Drajes additionally regretted the Mahorais quotas imposed – however not revered – by Reunion, in addition to the dearth of help for younger folks after they left, generally feeling remoted and misplaced. A speech that surprises Florent Piétrus, the Guadeloupean who needed to take off for the metropolis very younger: “I do know what it is wish to don’t have anything. After I was twelve, my aunt instructed me that I might by no means reach basketball. I left Guadeloupe at 15, I used to be alone, neither surrounded nor supported, however I knew why I used to be there, and that is what made my journey. »
Uncompromising, the tough winger continues: “What can you sacrifice?” », assisted by a Benoît Gomis much less talkative than decided: “And what do you place in place to attain your objectives, after which to remain on monitor? “. Inquiries to ask for every younger basketball participant, sport of sharing but in addition of will. “I had much less expertise, however my energy was psychological, I stunned lots of people,” concludes the ex-strong winger. Earlier than retiring in 2021, it’s simple that the native of Abymes had martyred many rackets together with his devastating screens, his “box-outs” and his protection on man. A needy instance to observe for aspiring basketball gamers on the island.