Everton Striker: My Dad Threatened To Kill Me If I Played Football
Senegal star Oumar Niasse has explained how his father made threats to kill him after suffering a broken leg playing football as a kid.
Everton’s new £13.5m striker said, “My dad was just: ‘F*** it. After this, if you start to play football, I will kill you’,” he said.
He did not want any of his five sons playing football.
His father, who though enjoyed the game, didn't want his five sons playing football but instead concentrating on school.
Niasse though just wouldn't give up on his dream.
“I don’t want to say I was a bad boy, but I was not good,” Niasse said.
“When I was young, every time I was bad, my dad never slapped me, but my big brothers always slapped me, and they said: ‘Don’t go to play football.’
“When I was 12, I was playing with guys who were 20. I was good, but I didn’t care. When you say I can’t play, I don’t care. I just wanted to play.
“My dad had a lot of problems with me, because every time I went to play, I came home with injuries, and so he had to spend money.
“He didn’t have a lot of money, but he had to spend it because I had injuries. If I show you my legs, I have a lot of scars. I also remember that when I was young, I broke my legs two times.
“I have five brothers and two sisters, but I was the most crazy. I was crazy about football, so I could have injuries one month, and then not go to school or do anything.
“The next month (after breaking his leg), I feel better. For two or three hours, I’m away somewhere, and they can’t find me. I was playing football. When I came back, there was a lot of s**t.
When his older brother Baye Ibrahima started to make it at Nancy in France, Niasse’s father finally relented and allowed him to pursue his dream.
“When he said to me, ‘okay, you can play’, I was so happy,” he said. “I took all my school things and put them to the side. It was very good, because I felt more free.”
Niasse signed with Senegal side US Ouakam in 2008 and started to make an impact in the first team in 2009 before his father passed away.
“Life became a little bit more complicated for me,” he said.
“A lot of things happened in my life and I did not have a good season that year. It was a bad season.
“I was so young when he passed away, but in 2010 I focused more on football and in 2011 I really started to play.”