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
|Position:||Stiker / Left-winger|
|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|
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|
|Position:||Winger / Striker / Attacking midfielder|
|2012-2013||ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast)||1||7||0|
|2013-2014||ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast)||1||9||1|
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.
|Position:||Attacking midfielder / Striker / Winger|
|2012-2013||Songon FC(Ivory Coast)||2||?||?|
|2013-2014||AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast)||1||?||5|
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|
|Position:||Central defender / Defensive midfielder|
|2012-2013||Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast)||1||?||1|
|2013-2014||Stella Club d’Adjamé(Ivory Coast)||1||?||2|
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|
|Position:||Attacking midfielder / Left-winger|
|2009||Africa Sports(Ivory Coast)||1||?||0|
|2010||Africa Sports(Ivory Coast)||1||?||3|
|2011||Africa Sports(Ivory Coast)||1||?||1|
|2012-2013||Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast)||1||?||?|
|2013-2014||Séwé Sport de San Pedro(Ivory Coast)||1||?||2|
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|
|Position:||Attacking midfielder / Defensive midfielder|
|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|
The picture was found on the excellent http://www.asec.ci/.