In pictures: Benoit's career

Updated 6:50 AM ET, Wed January 23, 2013
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Benoit Assou-Ekotto is an attack-minded left back playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. Julian Finney/Getty Images/file
Born in France to a Cameroonian father and French mother, Assou-Ekotto opted to represent Cameroon in football. RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images/file
In the summer of 2006, the skilful left back left northern French club Lens to join Tottenham, in London. Ben Radford/Getty Images/file
Assou-Ekotto made his first appearance for Cameroon's "Indomitable Lions" in February 2009 against Guinea. He also represented Cameroon at the 2010 World Cup. Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images/file
His first spell at Spurs was blighted by serious injuries but Assou-Ekotto eventually made his mark. He was voted the north London team's most improved player during the 2008/09 season. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images/file
Assou-Ekotto dropped out of school at the age of 16 to focus on football. Today, he's started a foundation promoting the idea of teaching youth in a practical and interesting way. CNN
The BA32 foundation is aiming to encourage children across the world to learn more about mathematics, science and technology.