By Afolabi Adetunji, Lagos Nigeria.
The former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is optimistic that his team Ivory Coast can defend the trophy that they secured dramatically in the last campaign of the African Cup of Nation in Equatorial Guniea two years ago in a penalty shoot-out.
The Veteran striker has 83 national caps and 28 goals to his name. Ivory Coast fiercely faced Ghana in 2015. Ivory Coast came out on top in a penalty shoot-out as they secured their second Africa Cup of Nations trophy, having won the trophy back in 1992.
Kalou has become one of his team’s most important players after the national football team retirement of Ivory Coast Veteran striker Didier Drogba.They look forward to repeating their previous successes in Gabon and to do better. Salomon Kalou now Hertha Berlin stiker is proud that he will be able to defend The Elephants’ honour at the 2017 AFCON campaign and hopes that Ivory Coast won’t have to wait for so long as they did before securing the trophy in their last campaign.
The striker said in an interview “I think we are very fortunate to go and defend, with honour, trophies for our country. We love to wear the shirt, so let’s do it and I am looking forward to it because we have a great team with potential to keep our trophy.
Although Ivory Coast opened their 2017 campaign against Togo on Monday, with a 0-0 draw but DR Congo top the group with three points after their hard fought victory over Morocco in Monday night Group C fixture match.