Souleymane Coulibaly – the new Drogba?

There’s a serious buzz about Ivory Coast’s under-17s attacker Souleymane Coulibaly, who’s making headlines at the FIFA under-17 World Cup in Mexico. He makes the front pages of the sports papers in Ivory Coast this morning after comments from Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho, that Coulibaly was the “new Drogba”. What’s remarkable is that the comments about the 16 year old came before yesterday’s match against Brazil. In their first two matches, Ivory Coast lost 2-1 to Australia (Coulibaly scored one) and then thrashed Denmark 4-0 (Coulibaly scoring all four).

But the best was yet to come with Coulibaly scoring a hatrick against Brazil last night – a shot from a tight angle, a nice flick, and then an overhead kick. Highlights here. There’s a good article here.

According to Ivory Coast’s ‘SuperSport’, Coulibaly was discovered by youth coach Alain Gouamene and Jean-Marc Nobilo (head of the Ivorian technical centre) during trials they held in France just before the World Cup. Since 2009, Coulibaly has lived in Italy where he joined his father who’s married to an Italian. Last year Coulibaly was picked up by scouts from AC Siena, and he apparently played ten matches last season for the B team according to ‘L’Inter’. The club played the 2010-11 season in Serie B, but gained second place and promotion to Serie A. He might not be around to see Serie A football if the Real Madrid rumours are true…

Ivory Coast’s under-17s are through to the next stage of the competition, so there could possibly be more goals from Coulibaly, who may have already done enough to bag the golden boot.

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