Salomon Kalou Retires After Ivory Coast Exit

Ivory Coast forward Salmon Armand Magloire Kalou has announced his retirement from the national team after the defending champions failed to progress past the group stage at the ongoing African cup of Nations in Gabon.

The defending champions faced an early exit after falling 1-0 to Morocco on Tuesday at stade de Oyem and eventually finished third in group C on two points behind DR Congo and Morocco.

Kalou indicated that he has served the national team for a long time and that it was now time for the young players to take on the mantle.

“I am 31, look this is my 6th African cup of Nations. I have been to a final and won another, approved ” he stated.

“This time things did not go so well. There are young players like (Frank) Kessie and (Wilfried) Zaha, I think they are the future of the Ivorian football and I wish them good,” Kalou added.

The Hertha Berlin striker has played for the elephants since 2007 helping the team to win the coveted African cup of nations in 2015, the second title for Ivory Coast with the other coming in 1992.

Kalou who had earlier rejected to play for Ivory Coast preferring to feature for Netherlands switched allegiance in 2007 and has since won 92 caps scoring 28 goals.

The 31 year old former Chelsea striker made his debut for Ivory Coast on 6th February 2007 against Guinea in a friendly game. He scored his first goal against Mauritius on 21st March 2007.


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