The previous meeting between these West African outfits, the second leg of their Afcon 2013 play-off tie in November 2012, was marred by crowd trouble which has subsequently seen Senegal forced to play their ‘home’ matches in a neutral venue. There will certainly be wry smiles if Senegal fail to qualify and then are castigated by their demanding nation, oblivious to the harm to their chances the crowd trouble may have caused. Home advantage would have infinitely improved their confidence in this uphill tie.
Posts Tagged ‘Kolo Toure’
Tags: Africa, Alain Giresse, Ivory Coast, Kolo Toure, Senegal, World Cup Qualifiers
Tags: Bruno Ecuele Manga, Emmanuel Adebayor, Foued Kadir, Jamel Saihi, John Obi Mikel, Kolo Toure, Max Gradel, Nicolas Nkoulou, Ryad Boudebouz, Seydou Keita
Welcome to the inaugural 50 of the best African players of 2012, sponsored by Africa On The Ball. Note the ‘of the best’ and you’ll instantly recognise that we don’t pretend that we’re all-knowing, nor that we have sauntered through the Carpe Verdean or Central African Republic leagues. We won’t bore you with the nitty-gritties, we’ll keep it brief. We have compiled the list using three criteria: Club form, International form and Impact. The club and international forms are self-explanatory: how well a player applied his ability in the two spheres. The impact, meanwhile, are the feats that were achieved and the monumentality of them. This list is not necessarily an order of the most technically accomplished African players nor is it definitive; it’s a list of 50 African players who have applied their ability consistently during 2012. Enjoy:
Tags: Algeria, Guillou, Kolo Toure, Kone, Wenger, Yaya Toure
Gervinho, Bakari Kone, Arouna Kone, Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Didier Ya Konan, Lacina Traore, Ndri Romaric, Didier Zokora, Aruna Dindane, Salomon Kalou, Emmanuel Eboue, Arthur Boka, Siaka Tiene. An explosion of Ivorian talent in a matter of years. It isn’t a coincidence. Much of the credit goes to a man by the name of Jean-Marc Guillou. Why?
Tags: Aziz Bouderbala, Finidi George, Fredi Kanoute, Hany Ramzy, Kolo Toure, Lauren Etame Mayer, Rachid Mekhloufi, Rashidi Yekini, Rigobert Song, Sunday Oliseh
40. Lauren Etame MayerCareer Span: 1995-2010 Nationality: Cameroonian International Caps: 24 (1 goal) Position: Right-back, Right-midfielder
In an era of football where the full-back positions have become increasingly important, few sides have had the full-backs to utilise the position to the full effect. But in the form of Lauren Etame Mayeer and Ashley Cole, Arsenal were certainly productive in that respect.
Tags: Adama Tamboura, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Cedric Kante, Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Emmanuel Mayuka, Eric Mouloungui, Ibrahima Traore, Jean-Jacques Gosso, John Boye, Juvenal, Kennedy Mweene, Kolo Toure, Nathan Sinkala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rainford Kalaba, Seydou Keita
Kennedy Mweene (Zambia)
Although he was one of the most eccentric goalkeepers at the tournament, Mweene was – paradoxically – a calming presence to his team-mates, his confidence unflappable even when he flapped at crosses or had nervy moments. He was brave when he came out to collect or punch balls which were lofted into the box and his distribution was one of the best in the tournament.
Jean-Jacques Gosso (Ivory Coast)
Coming into the tournament, Gosso was barely a kitchen appliance name in an Ivory Coast squad filled with household names. Usually a defensive midfielder, he was deployed as a makeshift right-back due to fitness concerns over Emmanuel Eboue. It’s easy to understand why he was deployed there – his combative style often saw him come out on top in one-on-one duels and he joined in the Elephants’ attacks with forward runs of sheer doggedness, even though, understandably, his positioning was questionable.