Posted by: westafricanfootball | 05/10/2014

PLAYERS TO WATCH IN THE IVORIAN LIGUE 1

ROGER ASSALÉ – SÉWÉ SPORT

In November / December 2014, Séwé Sport will play against Al-Ahly(Egypt) in the 2014 CAF Confederations Cup Final. From my point of view, this is clearly showing that Ivorian club football has improved during the last couple of years.

Roger Assalé is the top scorer of Séwé Sport in the tournament, having 4 goals to his name. Assalé was also the club’s highest goalscorer during the Ligue 1 2013-2014 with 8 goals. From my point of view, Assalé is the hottest prospect in the Ivory Coast, based on his consistent, solid performances for Séwé Sport, Ivory Coast B and Ivory Coast U-20. Further, Assalé made his full international debut for “Les Élephants” in a friendly match against Cameroon on 10.09.2014. Assalé is a versatile and skilful attacker with speed, power, tremendous physique and a direct style of play. I am surprised that he is still playing in the Ivorian league. Check out this video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_M-J5EtsjI

Name: ASSALÉ, ROGER
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 13.11.1993
Position: Stiker / Left-winger
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 ? 8
2013-2014 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 8

FBL-AFR-C1-SEWE SPORT-TP MAZEMBE

The picture of Assalé (in blue) was found on www.gettyimages.com.

ADRIEL D’AVILA BA LOUA – ASEC MIMOSAS

Adriel D’avila Ba Loua, a star player at the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team, and the hottest prospect at ASEC Mimosas, is definitely a player to watch. The petit attacker, comfortable in any attacking role, also playing behind a main striker, is a nimble-footed, slightly built, skilful youngster who could blossom into a new Bakari Koné. Ba Loua scored his first league goal on 01.06.2014 against USC Bassam. Ba Loua is also part of the Ivory Coast B national football team, and I am sure that Hervé Renard is keeping an eye on his performances in the 2014-2015 season.

Video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6HKyiL243I

Video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzHU2NeyG4g

Name: BA LOUA, ADRIEL D’AVILA
Nationality: GHANA
DOB: 25.07.1996
Position: Winger / Striker / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 7 0
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 9 1

Ba Loua

The picture was found on http://www.asec.ci/.

CHOUMANA COULIBALY – AFAD DJÉKANOU

Choumana Coulibaly was one of the revelations of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2013-2014. The petit playmaker scored 5 goals in approximately 23 games, and impressed the fans of AFAD Djékanou with his dribbling skills, creativity and pace. Coulibaly is 20 years old, and was signed from second level side Songon FC. In September 2014, Coulibaly was named in the squad of the Ivory Coast B national football team by manager Hervé Renard.

Name: COULIBALY, CHOUMANA
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 01.03.1994
Position: Attacking midfielder / Striker / Winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2012-2013 Songon FC(Ivory Coast) 2 ? ?
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 5

Choumana

The picture of Coulibaly was found on imagine225.com.

FRANCK YANNICK KESSIÉ – STELLA CLUB D’ADJAMÉ

The sensational Franck Yannick Kessié was only 17 years old when he made his full international debut for the Ivory Coast national football team (06.09.2014 against Sierra Leone). The powerful centre-back, who is also comfortable in a defensive midfield role, is the star player of Stella Club d’Adjamé and a former key member of the Ivory Coast U-20 and Ivory Coast U-17 national football team. Kessié captained Ivory Coast U-17 in four matches during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Kessié is a modern centre-back, not particularly tall but pacy, powerful and calm under pressure.

Name: KESSIÉ, FRANCK YANNICK
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 19.12.1996
Position: Central defender / Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012-2013 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2013-2014 Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 2

KESSIE

The picture of Kessié was found on www.africatopsports.com.

KOFFI CHRISTIAN RAOUL KOUAMÉ – SÉWÉ SPORT

Midfielder Koffi Christian Raoul Kouamé has been one of the key players for Séwé Sport during the CAF Confederations Cup, also scoring the match-winning goal against AC Léopards from Congo in the semi-final on 21.09.2014. Kouamé, formerly of Africa Sports, is an attacking minded, lanky midfielder (I’m guessing 190-195 centimeters) with an eye for a goal. He is also the captain of Séwé Sport. In September 2014, Ivory Coast manager Hervé Renard included Kouamé in the squad of “Les Éléphants”.

Name: KOUAMÉ, KOFFI CHRISTIAN RAOUL
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 21.12.1990
Position: Attacking midfielder / Left-winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2009 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2010 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 3
2011 Africa Sports(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2012 Unknown
2012-2013 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?
2013-2014 Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 2

KOUAME

The picture was found on www.gettyimages.com. Kouamé is to the right. 

HUGUES EVRAD ZAGBAYOU – ASEC MIMOSAS

Hugues Evrad Zagbayou, usually the captain of ASEC Mimosas, is a veteran in Ivorian football, despite being only 24 years old. Zagbayou, an elegant, skilful, hard-working midfielder who controls the flow of the game with clever passes and an intelligent football mind, has played 118 games (8 goals) for ASEC Mimosas. Zagbayou has already caught the eye of Hervé Renard and is currently part of the Ivory Coast B national football team. After consistent performances in the local league, I think Zagbayou deserves a chance in Europe or the Greater Middle East.

Name: ZAGBAYOU, HUGUES EVRAD
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 14.05.1990
Position: Attacking midfielder / Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2009 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 21 0
2010 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 24 2
2011 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 17 0
2012 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 19 1
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 18 1
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 19 4

zagbayou

The picture was found on the excellent http://www.asec.ci/.


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