FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – HEADING NORTH PART ii

‘We’re back here at QBWL with Stephen Labeque. Let’s get straight into it as we’ve had a few comments already and questions from fans’ after a pause he continued ‘So how was it jumping from winning the league in Singapore to a mid table team in Malaysia?’

‘Easy really. The team I inherited had some decent players already, but within the first few days I experienced my first issue with players moaning’

‘How so?’

‘Well Ken Ilso claimed he’d been trying to get a move away for a couple of years, I didn’t believe him, and Liridon Krasniqi was also trying to force a move. I told them both they’re under contract and staying put’

‘Krasniqi, is he the Kosovan who..’

This time Stephen cut the host off ‘Yes, he plays a big part later on, as you know’

‘Okay, continue’

‘So we stated taking training and it was evident we’d need a goal scorer. I didn’t want to rely on Ilso playing any games and felt he was going to be leaving anyway, so I asked the clubs scouting team about any potential forwards. We did have 1 already there in youngster Wahab who would turn out to be a good player that year, but we needed another striker’

‘Presumably this is where Ivan Sanchez comes into things?’

‘Yes’

‘How did that deal happen? Surely scouts in Malaysia aren’t actively scanning the USA & El Salvador leagues’

Stephen replied with a laugh ‘No of course not, Kedah wouldn’t sanction the cost of it anyway. It was strange, I was at training one morning, the team were working on set pieces and my phone rang. Now usually I ban phones during training but something inside me told me I should answer, so I did. The guy on the other end said ‘That new forward you need, he’s there today clearing things up. Don’t worry, he’s absolute mustard’ and hung up the phone’

‘Who was it, and where was he calling from?’

‘No idea, he had a strong English accent, maybe from Yorkshire I’m not sure but an accent I could understand, not like Geordie or Scouse. Anyway I turned around and the clubs director of football walks over with this skinny kid and says ‘It’s done, he’s signed, well done Stephen’

‘Sanchez?’

‘Yep. He tells me he’s happy to be here and feels he can come in and make a contribution right away. After a bit of digging that afternoon I find out he’d played 2 seasons in America, scoring 23 in 62 league games, he’s touted as a future top level player and is eligible for El Salvador, the States and Canada.

‘He turned out to be a good signing’

‘Sure did, the guy on the phone wasn’t wrong when he said he was mustard either, as we’ll get to later on. But we managed to get to the start of the season with Sanchez leading the line and we went unbeaten in 10 to start our season off before going down in the cup first leg’

‘That was some good form early on, which kept you top of the league’

‘It did, and we never looked back at all. The team as I say were already decent enough, and with Sanchez only needing half a chance to grab a goal I knew we could outscore most teams, as we did in the first 10 games’

‘But you faltered in the cups didn’t you?’

‘We did, but we more than made up for that in the league games’

‘Which we’ll pick up on in the final episode of our look at Stephen Labeques career so far, right here on QCWL tomorrow’


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Previous chapter – FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – HEADING NORTH PART i

First chapter – FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – THE BEGINNING


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