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Kimbaloula will not go to Poland

Angelo PalmeriComment

On Saturday, it was easily understandable that Allan Kimbaloula was not going to sign for Slask Wroclaw (we revealed his trial at the club two weeks ago) any longer as the player took his regular place on the left flank as he did last season (match report here)

Kimbaloula in a test training at Slask Wroclaw (slaskwroclaw.pl)

Kimbaloula in a test training at Slask Wroclaw (slaskwroclaw.pl)

The decision was explained some days ago by Slask coach, Stanislav Levy to Polish media WKS.pl: 'Allan and Roope (Riski - Finnish player former TPS, and  a spell at Cesena with one appearance in Serie A - A.P.) both both showed good things , however, in my opinion, they would not be a sufficient gain for the team. As we have mentioned, we do not seek additions to the existing squad , but those players who would be able to quickly win a place in the starting line-up'

Allan Kimbaloula had a positive debut in Premium Liiga 2014 against FC Infonet serving the assist for Tarmo Neemelo's winner (his evaluation here).

He recently released an interview to 'Agence D'Information D'Afrique Centrale' talking about his experience in Estonia so far.

'(After leaving Lille) I received an email from the sport director at Kalju. He made me an ambitious speech, talking about the possibility to participate in the Champions League. His speech tempted me and I do not regret of my choice' explained Allan to the African media in French language.

Regarding the level of Estonian football, he indicated the middle-table of Ligue 2 (French second tier) and added 'Football here is that of the Eastern Europe countries, much demanding under the athletic point of view. Weather conditions do not facilitate the game and make the surfaces difficult. When I arrived, I discovered very cold temperatures like -20, -25 degrees. It takes a little time to adapt.

He was asked to evaluate his first season: 'Overall good for a first season in the pros. I'm not totally satisfied, but we must take into account that took me a few months to adapt. The second part of the season is much better than the first. Moreover, five of my six goals were scored in the return games. We can say that I could have done better' admitted the Kalju nr.10

He was asked to explain why he could score 6 goals at Kalju whereas he did not score at all at Lille considering he was fielded as flanker since he is in Estonia rather than striker: 'it was a matter of trust. At Kalju they made me realize quickly that they counted on me, I was the strong link in the attack. It helps to take another dimension, to take risks. And even if it does not pay every time, it necessarily brings fruits compared to when you don't try'

The talk switched to the Champions League Allan played in the Summer: 'It was awesome. Hearing the anthem of the competition, this is special. It's an atmosphere and an amazing atmosphere, even if it was just a preliminary game. And then we made the club's history by qualifying for the second round. We were opposed to HJK Helsinki, which was given as sure winner. We drew in Finland and a win was needed in the return. We won 2-1 and  we became the first Estonian club to take this turn (actually Levadia had already progressed to the third stage of the UCL preliminaries in 2009-10 - A.P.). In the next stage we faced the Viktoria Plzen. They were a level above as later on beat CSKA Moscow in the group stage and they are still competing in the Europa League. But it was a great adventure'

He then reveals why he did not move to AS Roma during the Summer: 'they (Roma - A.P.) came to see me in Estonia on the last day of the transfer window on September 2. Italians made n offer, but my president did not deem it acceptable. And it did not happen' confirming that AS Roma coach, Rudy Garcia, wanted to have him at Roma. However, he is not deluded by the missed transfer: 'I think that if it did not happen is because maybe I was not quite wanted, and that Roma did not want to match the price for that reason. Then I made y games, I progressed, I stored experience. And I drew the attention of other recruiters, since the past few weeks I have visited the facilities of Russian and Polish clubs. So I prefer to focus on myself.'

The interview was made just before the end of the transfer market (at midnight on the 28th of February) and he was asked whether he was sure to play on the 1st of March: 'It is possible that in two hours my club finds an agreement and I make my bag. As it is possible that I stay until June, at which time I'll be free agent'

Whether he would have been bothered at not moving in this tranfer window either, he answered that it was not going to be a problem 'I will have fifteen more games in the legs. And thanks to that, if it happens, I might go even to an higher club than those who wanted me now. So, if I am given the chance to play this games, I will play them thoroughly.' Right said as Allan's performance was one of the most convincing among Kalju players.

The next game for Kalju will be away to Eastern Estonia visiting newly promoted Lokomotiv Jõhvi (8th of March, 13:00 EET)