Former Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal man, Kolo Toure has been appointed assistant coach for the Ivory Coast Olympic and the “A” team which comprises of locally based players, the Ivory Coast Football Federation announced on Wednesday 9 August.
The appointment comes after Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic declined to offer Toure a new deal. The 36 year old currently holds a UEFA B coaching license which permits him to manage men's amateur clubs, youths up to age 16 and be an assistant coach for a professional club. However while coaching the national team he will be working to attain his UEFA A license.
Toure will assist Ibrahim Kamara, the current coach of Ivorian Olympic team, and their immediate assignment will be to ensure Ivory Coast qualifies for the 2018 CHAN tournament that is set to be hosted by Kenya.
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The former Ivorian international joined Arsenal in 2002 from local club ASEC Mimosas, where he played alongside his younger brother Yaya Toure, Yaya also had a trial with Arsenal in a pre-season game against Barnet in 2003 but was described by Wenger as being average. Kolo was a member of the Arsenal’s invincibles season of 2003-2004. He later joined Manchester City in 2009 and was part of the squad that won the dramatic 2011-2012 title, in 2013 he joined Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers but was later released in 2016 where re united with former boss Rodgers at Scottish club Celtic.
Toure retired from international football in 2015 after clinching the 2015 African Cup of Nations, to date he is the second most capped player (119)behind Didier Zokora (123).