Posted by: westafricanfootball | 18/12/2012

PLAYER PRESENTATION – IVORY COAST

AkrofiOne of my goals is to give West African players an “identity” on the internet. Most players in the Ivorian Ligue 1 are rather unknown to the world and hopefully, my player presentations could be a small step in the right direction. In this post, I will publish statistical presentations of a couple of interesting players in this exciting league. I would also like to recommend this wonderful webpage:

http://www.ligue1-ci.com.

At this page, you can actually stream a couple of matches from the first seven rounds of the league.

Name: ABLAKOR, YAO YVES 173 cm 65 kg
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 03.05.1992
Position: Right-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2009 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 1 0
2010 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 0 0
2011 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 9 0
2012 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 12 1
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1

Yao Yves Ablakor is a promising right-back at ASEC Mimosas. Ablakor was named in the “Equipe type” (“Team of the Season”) of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2012. Ablakor is known for pace, stamina and a healthy work rate. He has played four matches so far this season.

Name: ADOM, ARSÈNE 166 cm 57 kg
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 28.12.1989
Position: Left-winger / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2008 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 1
2009 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 4 0
2009 Sabé Sport de Bouna(Ivory Coast) 1
2010 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2011 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2012 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 11 1
2012-2013 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1

Petit winger Arsène Adom failed to break through at ASEC Mimosas but his dribbling skills and crosses will come in handy at Stella Club d’Adjamé.

Name: ADOU DAGO, BLAISE
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 08.11.1985
Position: Central defender / Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2007 US Koumassi Adzopé(Ivory Coast) 2
2008 Issia Wazi FC(Ivory Coast) 1 1
2009 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1
2010 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2011 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1

Lately, the powerful and experienced Blaise Adou Dago has been captaining AFAD Djékanou from his centre-back position.

Name: AGUIÉ, JOSUÉ ALEX 186 cm 87 kg
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 11.01.1987
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
AS Athlétique d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast)
Oryx Abidjan(Ivory Coast)
2007-2008 RSC Anderlecht(Belgium) 1 0 0
2007-2008 Royale Union Saint-Gilloise(Belgium) 2
2008-2009 FC Mulhouse(France) 4 0 0
2009-2010 Olympique Safi(Morocco) 1 2
2010-2011 Olympique Safi(Morocco) 1
2011 Diables Noirs du Congo(Congo) 1
2012 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 2 0
2012-2013 JS Saoura(Algeria) 1 2 0
2012-2013 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1

The European career of Josué Alex Aguié never took off. His caught few headlines in Morocco and even fewer in Algeria. Nevertheless, the powerful striker is a handful for any defence and he already looks like a smart signing for Africa Sports. I hope the journeyman will settle down at Les Aiglons but it seems likely that Aguié will soon head for another adventure outside of the country. Aguié scored his first goal for Africa Sports on 08.12.2012 against Jeunesse Club d’Abidjan. The goal was a rather easy tap-in from close range.

Name: AHOUCHI AKÉ, JEAN VINCENT
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: Unknown
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2009 FC Hiré(Ivory Coast) 2
2009 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1
2010 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1
2011 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1
2012 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1
2012-2013 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1

Goalkeeper Jean Vincent Ahouchi Aké will fight Sylvain Gbohouo for the number one shirt at Séwé Sport, last season’s champions. Ahouchi Aké has been highly regarded for quite some time but he was mostly found on the bench at Africa Sports.

Name: AIFIMI, CHRISTOPHE
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 21.08.1986
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2009 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2010 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2011 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2012 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1
2012-2013 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1

The agile Christophe Aifimi is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the Ivorian Ligue 1. Aifimi has been a key player for Stella Club for at least five seasons.

Name: AKROFI, EDEM KOUAMÉ 178 cm 72 kg
Nationality: GHANA
DOB: 18.07.1990
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2008 USC Bassam(Ivory Coast) 1 3
2009 USC Bassam(Ivory Coast) 1 6
2010 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 3 0
2011 USC Bassam(Ivory Coast) 1 3
2012 USC Bassam(Ivory Coast) 1
2012-2013 USC Bassam(Ivory Coast) 1

Edem Kouamé Akrofi scored at least six goals for USC Bassam last season, most likely seven or eight. The pacy Ghanaian is a feared and respected striker in the Ivory Coast and arguably the best player at USC Bassam. Akrofi has a great understanding with striking partner Louis Philippe Anobile. Akrofi has scored one goal during the first seven matches of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2012-2013. The picture is of Akrofi, during this rather uneventful stint at ASEC Mimosas, and was found at sport-ivoire.ci.

Name: AMON, GERARD
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 21.02.1991
Position: Right-back / Central defender
Season Club L Games Goals
CO Korhogo(Ivory Coast)
2010 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 2
2011 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1

The versatile Gérard Amon is a highly regarded defender at AFAD Djékanou. His full name is “Betio Gérard Amon Natchia”.

Name: ANGBANDJI, CHRISTIAN ALEX
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 12.11.1993
Position: Right-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2011 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 0
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 1
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1

Christian Alex Angbandji is widely regarded as the biggest talent in the Ligue 1 at the right-back position. Angbandji is a modern full-back with an attacking role, often overlapping with wingers down the flank. Angbandji has played for the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team during 2012.

Name: ARTHUR, BERNARD 180 cm 70 kg
Nationality: GHANA
DOB: 10.08.1994
Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
Feyenoord Academy(Ghana)
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1

The lively Ghanaian striker Bernard Arthur has yet to score for his new club but he is already popular with the supporters of ASEC Mimosas. Arthur has started four of the seven games so far this season. During 2012, Arthur has been part of the Ghana U-20 national football.

Name: ASSALÉ, ROGER
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 13.11.1993
Position: Left-winger / Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2011 SO Armée(Ivory Coast) 1
2012 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1 3
2012-2013 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1

Roger Assalé is definitely a player to watch. The burly left-winger / striker scored at least three goals, most likely a couple more, for SO Armée during the Ligue 1 2011 and was immediately picked up by the ambitious Séwé Sport. In his first season for Séwé Sport, Assalé won the Ivorian championship, scored three goals and was awarded with a place in the “Equipe type” (“Team of the Season”) of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2012. Assalé also made his debut for the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. So far this season, Assalé has scored three goals in seven matches.

Name: ATCHO DJOBO, HERMANN
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: Unknown
Position: Winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2006 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1
2007 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1
2008 Unknown
2009 Jeunesse Club d’Abidjan(Ivory Coast) 1
2010 Yadanarbon FC(Myanmar) 1
2011 Unknown
2012 ES Bingerville(Ivory Coast) 1
2012-2013 ES Bingerville(Ivory Coast) 1

Petit winger Hermann Atcho Djobo was part of the Ivory Coast U-23 national football team in 2007. Currently, Atcho Djobo, who had a stint in the exotic Myanmar, is an important and exciting player at ES Bingerville.


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