Fredi considering his future
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fredi Kanoute claims he is considering his international future with Mali.Fredi Kanoute claims he is considering his international future with Mali.
The forward has played down suggestions that he feared for his life during the pitch invasion which marred Mali's recent clash with Togo, which the latter won 2-1.
Kanoute says he will have no qualms about returning to Mali in the future, but says security will have to be improved at games if he is to continue his international career with the African nation.
"I will consider my future, but only on the principle of security," he told Spurs' official website. "In Africa we have had problems with security, at some places there is very little and it can be difficult to play there.
"Every African player would say that, if you talk to Noureddine Naybet and Thimothee Atouba they have some amazing stories about it.
"I don't want to accept this as normal because it is not. It is not a football problem, for me it is sometimes a social and economic problem. Usually in the countries which are not very rich, when you have an opportunity to express your feelings it can be through football and sometimes you can't control it.
"I will go back to Mali and I am not scared - I know people won't do anything to me. Things can happen anywhere in the world.
"I don't know if I will go back soon for football because I was upset about it, but I will talk to my fellow players and the federation before making a decision."
Reports suggested Kanoute and his strike partner Mamadou Bakayoko had been singled out for particular criticism by the crowd, but the forward says that was not the case.
"It was a difficult situation but it was not aimed only at me. It was reported that fans wanted to kill me and I was scared to death - I have never said that. I just said it was a difficult time, yes they invaded the pitch and it was hostile.
"It was not against me, I was a bit upset about it, but I didn't fear for my life like it is being made out.
"When they came on the pitch the security couldn't handle it, it was too much for them. That was it, we stayed in the dressing room for a while because we couldn't get out. When it calmed down a little bit we were able to go back to the hotel and then the training camp.
"I didn't feel anything was aimed at me personally or my strike partner. It was exactly the same for every player, if it was difficult for me it was as difficult for everybody."
In other news, Spurs striker Jamie Slabber has joined Conference high-flyers Aldershot on loan until the end of the season.