Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Arouna Kone

The African Cup of Nations has been going on this month in Egypt and one of the finest players I have seen so far is Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone of club team PSV Eindhoven.

The 22 year old is from a small town called Anyama near Abidjan, coming from a family of 17 kids. Originally discovered by Belgian team Lierse SK, one season later he landed at Dutch side Roda JC. In his career at Roda he scored 28 goals in 63 matches when he moved to PSV Eindhoven this season. So far he’s scored 7 goals in 13 appearances.

I’ve seen him play impressively for Eindhoven a couple of times this season and after seeing him rip the Libyan defense to shreds last night in their group match, I felt I had to make mention of him. He’s actually replacing normal starter Aruna Dindane who tragically had to bury his 2 young daughters after their sudden deaths.

For Kone, he’s shined so far alongside Chelsea front man Didier Drogba. He’s blindingly quick and deceptively plays with a sleepy disposition. His timing is impeccable though, save for the glaring header he missed that would have put Ivory Coast up 2-0 to finish off Lybia. He setup the first goal and also scored in the first group match against Morocco. Beyond that header, he was responsible for run after run which served to pressure the Libyan defense to no end.

Kone seems to be perpetually overshadowed. Drogba and Dindane now, in 2003 at FIFA World Youth Championship with Antonin Koutouan, he’s persevered though by making himself a nuisance everywhere he plays. With a World Cup place this summer and a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, I reckon Arouna Kone will finally see the recognition he deserves.

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Blogger Rui Rocha said...

hi there isaac...
Yeah Arouna Koné became too good for a club like Roda JC, so he's now at PSV. I think he's been at PSV last season since January on loan, but i'm not sure. But now he seems to have been transferred. He's nowadays a very promissing striker, very quick and has a good finishing and heading.

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