Former Ivorian international, Kolo Toure, has been handed a national team coaching role. He has been appointed an assistant manager of the Elephants.
Toure will join the current Belgian manager, Marc Wilmots, the football federation (FIF) announced. A statement from the FIF read: “He will take on the role of coach Marc Wilmots’ assistant from the Mali-Ivory Coast match of October 6, 2017.’”
He is already an assistant manager at the last club he played, Scottish side, Celtic. He hung his boot earlier in September 2017 after a year with Celtic where he teamed up with his former manager, Brendan Rodgers.
He will take on the role of coach Marc Wilmots’ assistant from the Mali-Ivory Coast match of October 6, 2017.
He won the Scottish league with the side in an unbeaten 2016/2017 season. It was his second unbeaten league run after a similar one with Arsenal 2003/2004 season. In both cases, he played 38 straight games without defeat.
Ivory Coast legend Kolo Toure recently announced his retirement from the game, but did you know he had two unbeaten “Invincibles” seasons? pic.twitter.com/RRa4ri95yq— Soccer Laduma (@Soccer_Laduma) September 18, 2017
The 35-year-old defender has a wealth of experience, having played in the English Premier League with three high flying clubs, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, winning two league titles and three FA Cups.
Kolo, born in Bouake, has been capped 118 times by the Ivorian national team and is the second most capped Ivorian player. He represented the team at three successive World Cups (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014).
He has also played at seven African Cup of Nations (AFCON) between 2002 and 2015, helping the team finish runners-up in 2006 and 2012 before winning the trophy in 2015 after beating Ghana on penalties in the final.
Twitter reactions to announcement
Very happy to see my big bro Kolo is Côte d’Ivoire assistant coach. Excellent 😊 🇨🇮 pic.twitter.com/zUAOh6jP4m— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) October 5, 2017
🙌 Double invincible.— bet365 (@bet365) October 5, 2017
🍀 Coach at Celtic.
👔 Assistant manager of Ivory Coast.
😍 Is there anything Kolo Toure can't do? pic.twitter.com/jFMU9JkC23
OFFICIAL: Kolo Touré has been appointed as Ivory Coast assistant manager. 🇨🇮— SPORF (@Sporf) October 5, 2017
The legend continues…😎🙌 pic.twitter.com/3b7nolQsea
Congratulations to Kolo Toure who has been named Ivory Coast assistant manager 👏🇨🇮 pic.twitter.com/XzpzPyS3vW— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 5, 2017
Reasons to support Ivory Coast:— Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 5, 2017
1. Kolo Toure is now their assistant manager
2. Their flag is a reverse Ireland flag
3. No more required
🙌 Kolo Toure has become the Ivory Coast’s assistant manager— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 5, 2017
He just keeps on going pic.twitter.com/JRaM8b5t9w