Guyanese footballer Lenny Cidolit on his way to training in the United States – Overseas the 1st

After graduating from high school in 2018, Lenny Cidolit, who trained at Montpellier Hérault Sport Club, has to make a decision about the rest of his football career but also about his studies. Cared for by a former footballer father and an enterprising mother who studies rigorously, the young man, with the help of his parents, will fly to Florida in the United States to integrate the prestigious University of Central Florida in Orlando.

  • Who are you Lenny Cidolit?

My name is Lenny Cidolit. I’m 21. I was born in Bordeaux. And I moved to Montpellier very early. I’m a soccer player. I play as a central defender. I can also play back directly. And I passed my BAC in 2018.


Lenny Cidolit with his jersey



©Lenny Cidolit

  • When did you join the Montpellier-Hérault football training center?

I joined the Montpellier-Hérault training center when I was 17. I did my courses from U-19 to National 2 there. I learned a lot in Montpellier. That’s why I have a good football, tactical and technical background. My contract ended in June 2020. In March there was the coronavirus epidemic. It was chaos for everyone. Also, I was at Montpellier at the end of my contract and had to go somewhere else.

When you leave a training center like the one in Montpellier, you hope to become a professional footballer right away and make a living from your passion. Shortly after the end of my contract in June 2020, I tried out for clubs in France and Switzerland. It went very well. But in the same period, I got a call from a platform called FFFUSA – a partnership between the French Football Federation and Major League Soccer that brings French players to American universities. Coming from a French training center I was lucky enough to receive an enquiry. With the opportunity to become a professional soccer player and study there with a great diploma at the same time.

Lenny Cidolit with his team

Lenny Cidolit with his team



©Lenny Cidolit

  • A good opportunity?

Thanks to my parents’ help, I decided to go to the United States to achieve this ultimate goal. And I keep studying because if football doesn’t work, at least I have a diploma. Today I am super happy and fulfilled. I don’t regret my decision to go to the United States at all.

  • But at first you were not enthusiastic at all?

I won’t hide from you that it wasn’t my first choice at first. But after some constructive discussions with my parents, I believe I made the right choice. That is, leave. They found me a team in Florida installed in the American Top 10. It was super fast. But I wasn’t quite ready in my head. Besides, that first year wasn’t easy.

  • Why was it so difficult to adapt to the United States?

I was still young in my mind. Very attached to France, its culture, its rhythm, its education and the French way of life. Customization was extremely difficult.

I have arrived in a Covid context. I quarantined myself alone in a hotel. Of course, if you don’t know anyone or the country, it’s difficult. I’m coming out of quarantine… We train in one day and then someone has the covid again and another quarantine. They understand that the beginnings are not going very well.

However, I do not regret this sequence. It was a good experience living at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The year was difficult. That’s why we decided to part ways with the university. And I had an opportunity in New Jersey at Rider University Athletics, I didn’t hesitate.

  • What’s next after a complicated year?

In the meantime, I’ve regained a taste for football and orientation on the pitch. I’m super happy and having fun. It is the best. We are five French there. There is also a Saint-Martinois, a Moroccan and a Belgian who speak French. We’re a great bunch of friends. We like each other and we play very well. Our championship is divided into several conferences. Our team easily competes with the best teams in the country. There’s the regular season and then the playoffs. We finished 5th in the regular season th Square. We reached the final of our conference, but unfortunately we lost on penalties.

  • What are your goals ?

There it works like basketball or American football. There is a draft system. That’s my goal: to be selected. Even though I know it’s very complicated like in France. Because not everyone has the chance to get drafted and play at a very high level. I enjoy paying attention to my collective and personal achievements, to my lifestyle to try to achieve my dream. I am 21 years old and continue to work hard. I keep dreaming and don’t close doors and set myself no limits. What I want is to be able to look myself in the mirror at the end and tell myself I did my best and if it’s done, great. And also to have a diploma in your pocket in order to be able to start your professional life just in case.

  • What degree are you preparing for?

I decided to do a bachelor’s degree, which takes four years to prepare. There is a selection of study options here. For my part, I’m studying International Business and Sports Management. I intend to do a masters after my bachelor’s degree. In the United States, you can do it in a year.

  • Her father is Guyanese and played for Guyana’s team, the Yana Doko. A goal for you?

To be honest, I didn’t really ask myself if I would one day play for Guyana’s team, Yana Doko. My father is indeed Guyanese and my mother is Israeli. I attach great importance to my parents’ roots. Regarding Guyana, my father’s home country, I’ve been there several times. And representing the colors of Yana Doko would be a great honor for me. It would be nice to imagine following in the footsteps of my father wearing the colors of Guyana. Also he builds me and says ” You’ll never be better than me with the prestigious Yana Doko jersey.”. I am their results. There is a new coach, ex-pro Jean-Claude Duncan Darcheville, a new project under construction. It’s always in the back of my mind. Where I play, you have to do well. And if I have to be called, then I’m the first to be happy. It will be a great honor to wear the colors of Guyana.

Lenny Cidolit plays

Lenny Cidolit plays



©Lenny Cidolit


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