Posted by: westafricanfootball | 27/01/2011


A few days ago, Georges Kouadio named his Ivory Coast-squad for the 2011 CHAN-tournament. CHAN is a tournament for African national teams, but the teams can only use home-based players.

One of the 23 players picked by Kouadio was young, talented striker Zoumana Koné of AS Denguélé, a club based in Odienné in the northwestern part of the Ivory Coast. AS Denguélé became number 10 in the 2010 MTN Ligue 1 and has to be considered as a rather unfashionable club.

2010 was a wonderful year for center forward Koné. After a promising start to the 2010 MTN Ligue 1, Koné was in March 2010 included in the squad of the Ivory Coast national B team for a CHAN-qualifier against Togo. As far as I know, Koné started the match for Ivory Coast B. In July 2010, Koné starred for the Ivory Coast national U-20 team against Tanzania U-20. It was a beautiful initiative by Koné that lead to the only goal of the match, scored by Gadji Junior Tallo.

Koné remained an important member of Ivory Coast U-20 during the season, which is quite impressive since the team’s attacking line up mainly consists of professionals in Europe. In October 2010, Koné was part of the Ivory Coast U-20 team that lost to Gambia U-20. A few days after this match, Koné was included in the Ivory Coast-squad for the 2010 CECAFA-tournament, an annual tournament for East-African teams. Ivory Coast was invited to the tournament and participated with a strong squad of home-based players.

Ivory Coast eventually lost the final match against Tanzania, but Zoumana Koné had somewhat of a breakthrough in the tournament. As far as I know, he started every match as a striker, forming a strong partnership with the impressive Kipré Tchétché.

In the first match of the tournament, on 28.11.2010 against Rwanda, Koné scored his first international goal for Ivory Coast, apparently a “audacious back heel”. He scored his second goal of the tournament on 05.12.2010 against Sudan, apparently pouncing on a rebound.

Several media reports from the tournaments imply that Koné was largely impressive but also somewhat wasteful in front of goal. He was apparently a bit “wayward” at times. Nevertheless, Koné is described as a very lively striker who likes to “lurk” in front of goal. It is also a fact that Koné creates a lot of chances for himself. He also tends to be a bit spectacular when simpler solutions could have been more effective.

The date of birth of Koné is still unknown but his participation for the Ivory Coast national U-20 team during 2010, should imply that he is born in 1991 og 1992. Hopefully he will be more effective when he gets more experience. His goal scoring record for AS Denguélé is not very impressive as Koné only managed two goals in the 2010 MTN Ligue 1.

Netherless, it is a fact that Koné is a big favourite of coach Kouadio. At the time of writing, Koné appears to be the first choice as a striker for the Ivory Coast national B team, which should obviously put him on the radar of several scouts, representing clubs from bigger leagues than the Ivorian.


  1. I need full statistics on N’Goran Kouassi Aristide Nicaise

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