Salomon Kalou backs Ivory Coast's new generation

Salomon Kalou backs Ivory Coast's new generation
Salomon Kalou of Ivory Coast challenged by Cheik Doukoure of Togo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jan 27, 2017. 15:00

Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou believes the future of their national team, the Elephants, is bright.

The Elephants were recently knocked out of the ongoing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon after failing to win a single match.

Prior to the tournament, Ivory Coast were seen as one of the tournament favourites having won the last competition in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.

Kalou, 31, was the most experienced player in the Elephants squad that disappointed in Gabon and he feels that they have young talented players.

"I know the future is bright for my country because we have younger players like (Jonathan) Kodjia, (Franck) Kessie and (Wilfried) Zaha," Kalou told BBC.

The Elephants have now switched their attention to their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which is set to continue later this year.

The North African giants are sitting at the top of their qualifying group with four points after two games. Morocco, Gabon and Mali are also part of Group C.

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