Emmanuel Eboue, Arsenal and Ivory Coast
||'There are some bad agents out there'
When I was nine, I played in a small team in my hometown of Abidjan, in Cote D'Ivoire [Ivory Coast].
I played for them for five years before we played a friendly against the ASEC academy, a well known academy in the city,
and their manager said he wanted me to join them.
I stayed at the academy for one-and-a-half years. It has a partnership with Beveren, the Belgian team, and every two years
scouts come and pick out maybe three or four players to join the club. They told my agent that they wanted me.
I played for Beveren for four years.
In Africa, and in Cote D'Ivoire especially, we have a lot of academies, but I don't think children are being exploited.
There are some bad agents, but there are also a lot of good people. My agent was a very good person who helped me very
much. When I first came to Belgium he came with me and made everything possible.