Cardiff City ace Sol Bamba says not even cancer will halt him from his future managerial ambition.
Bamba was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this month; his Cardiff City team-mates reduced him to tears with public show of support; Bamba still taking his coaching badges as he battles illness
Bamba says he ‘feels good’ after undergoing his first chemotherapy following his cancer diagnosis and is now ‘focused’ on developing his coaching caree
Sol Bamba says he was reduced to tears after receiving public support from his Cardiff City team-mates in his battle against cancer.
The Cardiff players wore ‘Bamba 22’ shirts with the message ‘We Fight With You’ during their warm-up ahead of last weekend’s game against Norwich.
“That was huge for me, it made me emotional,” replied Bamba, when asked about his team-mates’ show of support.
“I cried as well. The club have been very supportive, I’m very fortunate. The support I’ve had from everyone in football around the world has been incredible.
“I’ve had messages to support me and my family. I want to thank them all. It has given me the strength to try and beat this.”
Bamba has been keeping a good routine, from going to his personal gym in the morning to studying for his coaching badges. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast international is not letting his illness get in the way of his managerial aspirations.
“I’ve always been very passionate about coaching,” he said.
“Obviously coming towards the end of my career, I’m getting more and more involved. I’ve been fortunate the club have given me the opportunity to take sessions with the U23s sometimes and even get involved with the first team.
“I want to go as far as I can. When I was a player, I was always ambitious to play at the highest level and I was fortunate to do that. It will be absolutely the same when I eventually become a manager.