One-on-One: Pascal Chimbonda keen to be part of 'growing' football industry in Asia

In the second part of an exclusive interview, the defender recalls his most memorable moments in England and reveals why he turned down an offer from S.League side Brunei DPMM.
By Khalis Rifhan

In the first part of our exclusive interview with former Wigan player Pascal Chimbonda, the defender spoke about how he found his way to France from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as well as the reason behind his move to the English Premier League. 

Chimbonda subsequently played for five different clubs in the top division, but the former Le Havre youth academy graduate found his time with Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur most memorable as he not only won a trophy, but also received recognition for his performances.

”My best moments playing in England include winning the Carling Cup in 2008 with Spurs and also [being] named the best right-back in the Premiership during the 2005/06 season with Wigan and [also] playing in the Europa League," he reminisced.

After a memorable seven years in England, Chimbonda decided to try his luck in South-East Asia and he managed to secure a try-out session with Brunei DPMM FC in mid-November after assistance from former Woodlands Wellington defender Fabien Lewis.

Despite being offered a contract for the upcoming 2013 campaign, the defender did not put pen to paper as the package was not what he had hoped for. 

“My personal adviser is close friends and colleagues with Evans Wise and Fabien Lewis, who found a two-week trial with DPMM for me. I really enjoyed my trial time there and I would like to thank the [Brunei] Prince for the invitation, and Fabien for letting me know about the S-League," Chimbonda said.

“The team manager was keen to sign me; however, the financial offer they proposed wasn't good enough to persuade me to make the move.”

Although the move did not materialize, Chimbonda still hopes to play and contribute to football in Asia.

“Yes I would like to try my luck again in Asia, as I believe football in the region has come a long way and is being recognized around the world and I would like to be part of this growing industry,” he explains.

Chimbonda, who has one international cap to his name for France, does not only contribute to football on the field, but also off it through various avenues. 

“Outside of football, I have participated in many charity football games around the world, as I believe it is for a good cause and I want to help the less fortunate and hopefully give them a better life," he reveals.

“I also enjoy helping people from my country achieving their dreams to become footballers like I did. My hobbies include going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.”