Posted by: westafricanfootball | 02/01/2015

AFAD DJÉKANOU – THE PLAYERS TO WATCH

TOPIOIvorian top level side AFAD Djékanou is a club famous for talent development. The club is currently mid-table after 5 games. Unfortunately, I predict a difficult season for the Abidjan-based club, primarily because several key players from 2013-2014 have left for bigger clubs, including Gérard Amon Natchia (AS Tanda), Vincent Angban (Africa Sports), Ismaël de Sales Coulibaly (AS Tanda), Blaise Adou Dago (ASEC Mimosas), Drissa Diarrassouba (Shirak, Armenia), Henri Joël Kouadio Konan (ASEC Mimosas), Pierre Kwizera (Simba SC, Tanzania), Cheick Moukoro (ASEC Mimosas), Souleymane Ouattara (AS Tanda), Issa Sanogo (CO Korhogo), Kadjo Vangah (Jeunesse Club d’Abidjan) and Yannick Zakri (ASEC Mimosas).

To replace these players, AFAD Djékanou has signed five of the biggest talents at ASEC Mimosas on loan deals. Furthermore, the club has given some of the older players more prominent roles in the team, for instance playmaker Gbagnon Anicet Badié, who has captained the club in certain games.

The picture, found on www.aip.ciis of midfielder Sanga Topio Coulibaly.

Below is a presentation of some of the most interesting players at the club.

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 ? 0
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Christian Alex Angbandji (b. 12.11.1993) is a highly regarded right-back with tremendous pace. Angbandji has featured for Ivory Coast U-17, Ivory Coast U-20 and Ivory Coast B. In September 2014 and November 2014, Angbandji participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants, the Ivory Coast national football team. Angbandji was part of a group of home-based players, hand-picked by head coach Hervé Renard.

Name: BADIÉ, GBAGNON ANICET
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 05.10.1992
Position: Attacking midfielder / Central midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2010 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2011 Unknown
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 2
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 3
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Gbagnon Anicet Badié (b. 05.10.1992) is a attacking midfielder or central midfielder who has grown tremendously as a player during the last couple of years. The energetic playmaker is also team captain.

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
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Choumana Coulibaly (b. 01.03.1994) is a talented attacker, effective in any attacking role, famous for his dribbling skills, creativity and ball control. In September 2014, Coulibaly participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only).

Name: COULIBALY, SANGA TOPIO 167 cm 57 kg
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 17.08.1988
Position: Central midfielder / Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
Olympic Sport d’Abobo(Ivory Coast)
2009 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 2 0
2010 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 1 0
2011 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Sanga Topio Coulibaly (b. 17.08.1988) is the engine room of AFAD Djékanou. The petit midfield maestro is an excellent ball-winner, and his passing ability is simply top-class. I am surprised that such a quality player is still playing in the Ivorian league.  In November 2014, Coulibaly participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only).

Name: DAO, YOUSSOUF
Nationality: GHANA
DOB: 05.03.1998
Position: Striker / Winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 3 0
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 15 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Youssouf Dao (b. 05.03.1998) is a speedy striker or winger who is still only 16 years old. Dao is highly regarded, both at ASEC Mimosas and at the various national teams of the Ivory Coast. Last season, Dao played 15 games for ASEC Mimosas (including 8 substitute appearances). To get regular first team experience, ASEC Mimosas has loaned their rough diamond to AFAD Djékanou for the 2014-2015 season. In October 2014, Dao was included in the squad of the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. Dao is also a key player for Ivory Coast U-17, where he is a regular scorer of goals.

Name: DEPODE, JACOB
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 25.12.1993
Position: Winger / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Jacob Depode (b. 25.12.1993) is a lanky winger who has been highly regarded for seasons, but who has yet to fulfill his true potential. Depode is often used as a substitute at AFAD Djékanou. In November 2014, Depode participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only). Depode has also featured for the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team.

Name: DIABAGATÉ, SECK
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 13.08.1996
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Seck Diabagaté (b. 13.08.1996) is the second-choice goalkeeper at AFAD Djékanou. Nevertheless, Diabagaté is heavily nurtured by the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football, playing regularly for the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team, as well as Ivory Coast B. In November 2014, Diabagaté participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only). Diabagaté was included in the latest Ivory Coast U-20 squad (December 2014). The tall youngster played 4 games for Ivory Coast U-17 during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Definitely a goalkeeper to watch.

Name: GNADA, OUSMANE
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 24.03.1990
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
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 ? 0
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Ousmane Gnada (b. 24.03.1990) is the first-choice goalkeeper at AFAD Djékanou. Gnada, who was second-choice to Clovis Tahourou (2010, parts of 2011, 2012 and 2012-2013), has waited patiently for his chance, and has been largely impressive lately. Gnada is breathed down the neck by the talented Seck Diabagaté, and has to be on his toes to keep the number one shirt.

Name: DOSSO, ABOU
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: Unknown
Position: Midfielder / Left-winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 0 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Abou Dosso is a highly regarded midfielder with a great left-foot who featured regularly for the reserve team of ASEC Mimosas in 2013-2014. To gain experience, Dosso was loaned to AFAD Djékanou for the 2014-2015 season. In October 2014, Dosso was included in the squad of the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. In November 2014, Dosso participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only).

Name: KOUAMÉ, KOFFI YAO CONSTANT 182 cm 70 kg
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 28.09.1995
Position: Central defender
Season Club L Games Goals
Olympic Sport d’Abobo(Ivory Coast)
2012 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 7 0
2012-2013 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 11 0
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 11 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Koffi Yao Constant Kouamé (b. 28.09.1995) is a talented centre-back who dropped down the pecking order at ASEC Mimosas. Before the season, Kouamé was loaned to AFAD Djékanou, where he will get regular playing time. In October 2014, Kouamé was included in the squad of the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. In November 2014, Kouamé participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only).

Name: KRAMO KOUAMÉ, AUBIN
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 28.02.1996
Position: Defensive midfielder / Defender / Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 0 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Aubin Kouamé Kramo (b. 28.02.1996) is a versatile youngster, comfortable in many defensive roles, who has been wonderful for AFAD Djékanou after joining on a loan deal from the mighty ASEC Mimosas. On 30.11.2014, Kouamé Kramo scored his first top level goal. In December 2014, Kramo was named in the squad of the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team.

Name: N’GUESSAN, SERGE YAO
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 31.07.1994
Position: Midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2012-2013 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2013-2014 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Serge Yao N’Guessan (b. 31.07.1994) is a home-grown midfielder who I believe will have a breakthrough season at AFAD Djékanou. N’Guessan has experience from the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. In November 2014, N’Guessan participated in training sessions with Les Éléphants (home-based players only).

Name: SAHUI, LAURENT CÉDRIC
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 20.05.1992
Position: Striker / Winger
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 ES Bingerville(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 1
2012-2013 ES Bingerville(Ivory Coast) 1 ? 3
2013-2014 ES Bingerville(Ivory Coast) 2 ? 3
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Laurent Cédric Sahui (b. 20.05.1992) is a striker or winger who has been a key player for ES Bingerville for several seasons. Sahui has yet to impress after 5 games for AFAD Djékanou, but I am confident that the goals will come.

Name: TRAORÉ, BABA LAMINE
Nationality: IVORY COAST
DOB: 16.05.1998
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2013-2014 ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast) 1 0 0
2014-2015 AFAD Djékanou(Ivory Coast) 1 ? ?

Baba Lamine Traoré (b. 16.05.1998) is a striker, only 16 years old, who many Ivorian football experts believe can go all the way. Traoré is contracted to ASEC Mimosas, but was loaned out to AFAD Djékanou before the current season. In October 2014, Traoré was included in the squad of the Ivory Coast U-20 national football team. On 05.12.2014, Traoré scored his first ever league goal. Traoré is a key player for the Ivory Coast U-17 national football team, where he has scored frequently. An interview of the player can be read here: http://www.afad.ci/actualites-374-infos.html.


Responses

  1. my name is Roger from cameroon i was schooling in ETO FOOTBAL SCHOOLL IN CAMEROON. so i will like to com for mor football. thank you.


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