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Yaya Toure reflects on Ivory Coast snub

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Salomon Kalou proving footballers can make positive social impact

Salomon Kalou remembers his first conversation with Jose Mourinho and explains why he's passionate about inspiring others.

BERLIN -- It was hardly a surprise that in the aftermath of Hertha Berlin's recent show of solidarity with the ongoing NFL protests, Salomon Kalou was the most prominent voice explaining why he and his teammates took a knee.

The Ivory Coast forward -- who came out of international retirement to aid his nation's 2018 World Cup qualification bid -- leads by example. He believes that a footballer has more duties than just to entertain for 90 minutes on the pitch. The 32-year-old is passing on hope...

'Sometimes you're not the king in your country' - Yaya Toure

Manchester City veteran Yaya Touré is a certified African legend, as his four CAF Player of the Year awards, two Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League title, and one Africa Cup of Nations trophy all attest.

But despite his numerous accolades and awards, the former Ivory Coast star told KweséESPN during City's current ICC tour to the USA that he feels unappreciated in his homeland, hence his stance on remaining retired from international football.

The captain...

 By John Duerden

African icons Didier Zokora and Michael Essien face off in Indonesia

TCL presents the story of Indonesian footballer Martunis, who after the 2004 Tsunami was offered the chance to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and train with Sporting Lisbon.

They have met in Wembley cup finals, the Premier League and the African Cup of Nations. But on Saturday night, two legends of the African game, Didier Zokora, of Ivory Coast, and Michael Essien, of Ghana, will renew an old rivalry in Indonesia.

Essien and his unbeaten Persib Bandung team travel from their base in Java to Semen Padang in Sumatra for a clash that will feature two of the biggest stars -- both recently arrived -- of Southeast Asian football.

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Former Chelsea favourite Essien has tended...

 By Mark Gleeson

Managers vs. media becoming 'must-see TV' at African Nations Cup

Avram Grant is more capable than most of handling tough questions. But other coaches are feeling the strain.

Pep Guardiola might have been mildly upset when the BBC began their post-match interview last weekend with a question about the refereeing, but at the African Nations Cup, the parade of coaches before the press is fraught with animosity and tension, often becoming a forum for frequent clashes. There is little subtlety with reporters as they interrogate national team coaches before and after games. Winning usually means the edge is taken off any aggressive tone, but the vanquished managers face...

Ivory Coast's African Nations Cup exit: Why reigning champions flopped

Defending champions Ivory Coast fell to a shock group stage exit from the African Nations Cup when they lost 1-0 to Morocco on Tuesday night.

Here are three reasons why they failed ...

1. An inexperienced team lacked leaders

Whether or not retired brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure delivered every time for their country, nobody could deny the influence they wielded.

Ivory Coast lacked the characters to pull them through in times of trouble. Only eight of the squad that won the 2017 tournament were in...

Unfinished stadiums, political unrest becloud great football at AFCON

The Malian fans roared and, just for a moment, you felt the gold-coloured roof might lift off Stade de Port-Gentil. Their team had been threatening an equaliser in the Group D fixture against Ghana for most of the second half; a late corner was a chance to increase the pressure and from behind the goal came that fevered, visceral sense of a crowd trying to will the ball into the net.

It did not happen for Mali, largely due to the excellence of the Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah, but for the impartial...