Back in Bangladesh, after a flash in India, the native of Cité Soleil initialed a six-month freelance with the team of Saif Sporting Club. At the same time, he becomes the highest paid player in the first league. He joined by telephone and gladly agreed to talk about his football career while focusing on his problem within the national team before discussing his new salary.
LN: How long have you been playing abroad?
Wedson Anselme: Let me introduce myself to the readers of the Nouvelliste. I am Wedson Anselme. I’m also called Suker. I’m from Cité Soleil. I am the third born of a family of five children. I’ve been playing football since my childhood. I want to thank my father. The latter always encouraged me to play football by buying me balloons during the holidays. I have been playing abroad for four years on the teams of Sheikh Jamal (Bangladesh), East Bengal (India) and Saif Sporting Club (Bangladesh).
LN: You tell us what about the level of football practiced in Bangladesh?
WA: Without hiding, the level of football there is very high. In fact, officials have invested a lot of money to attract foreigners, enough to raise the level of the local championship.
LN: If you want to compare the championship of Bangladesh to that of Haiti, you will say what?
WA: There is no picture. In fact, in terms of football and infrastructure, the project of the Asian leaders targets the future. In Haiti, there is no need to talk about infrastructure or anything else.
LN: Despite your good performances in Asia, you are not part of the national team. Do you have a reaction?
WA: Very good question. Before I left for Asia, I was a victim of this kind of treatment. That said, although I am a shining club, the door of the selection has still not been opened for me. Four years ago I played abroad. My results are there. In 2014, I finished top scorer of the championship of Bangladesh. Everyone thought we were going to be called. To repeat one of your colleagues, he told me that he asked a manager why Wedson is not called to the national team? The answer was that the level of the championship of Bangladesh is too weak. A year later, a player playing in the same championship is called. Who is worse, his team is ranked last in the standings. I do not know why they have not yet called me in the national team. As far as I know, the problem is not football.
In November 2016, I chose to leave Bangladesh to go to India. You know that there are many Haitian players, members of the national team. I just do it to see if they’re going to call me in the national team. I was snubbed. In March 2017, I played on the same team as my friend Sony Nordé. I used to call him (brother and father) in India. In thirteen games, I scored eight goals. Curiously, they appealed to Sony, not to me. Having said that, I am discriminated against. Is it because I come from Cité Soleil? No one in the FHF can explain to me why. To tell the truth, I have the impression when they appealed to me, they do not want to give me the chance to impose myself.
LN: How many trophies are you in Bangladesh?
WA: In total, I have already won ten trophies. Five at the individual level and five at the collective level.
LN: With a monthly salary of US $ 13,000 (78,000 in six months), after your six-month agreement with Saif Sporting Club, you became the highest-paid player in the first league in Bangladesh, not ?
WA: Of course! It’s the truth. I am the player, for the moment, the best paid in Bangladesh. What astonishes me is the reaction of the Haitian media and the Haitian population. However, I understand why they had this reaction. In fact, they ignore the wages of Haitian players. When you are professional, there is no secret in your life. You know the amount of salary of Messi, Neymar and others, and why not Wedson Anselme.
LN: According to a reliable source, you financially support the team of the Black Eagle AC. What is the truth in that?
WA: I want everyone to know that the AC Black Eagle represents 80% of my success. By the way, thanks to this club, Haitian society sees me differently. This club offered me the opportunity to wear his colors and represent him validly in the national championship Haitian. When I’m in Haiti, I’ve done what I can with the players and especially with my loved ones. With the leaders, I always keep very good relations. For now, the club is in a difficult, even complicated situation. I went to see Oliez Bélizaire’s family to see how I could help. Before I returned to Bangladesh, I was clearly telling the leaders that I want to help. Thank God, the funeral of Olès was well and truly sung. It is the most important.
LN: What do you have in terms of prospects, in terms of projects?
WA: I have in mind the project to set up a foundation in order to fly to the rescue of children who are in difficulty in the commune of Cité Soleil. I dream of making the latter the most frequented city in the country. In doing so, everyone could benefit to participate in the development of this municipality.
LN: Your last word ….?
Wedson Anselme: I want to thank my father and mother, and all those who encouraged me to hit a ball. How to forget my teammates of the Black Eagle AC, because they participated in my success as well. I also say thank you to the people of Cité Soleil because I am one of them and I am proud of it.