Baky Kone out for two weeks

Baky Kone

Another injury at the weekend for Marseille and Elephants attacker was treated as an ominous sign in the Ivorian press. The diminuitive Baky was injured after a challenge in the 67th minute from…Kafumba Coulibaly, an Ivorian midfield-defender who plays for Nice.

The sprained left knee and ankle will only keep Baky out for 2 weeks/2 matches. Rumours say that the staff at Marseille (currently top of the French league) are considering whether the striker is worth keeping anymore. A really shame for the tiny striker who’s nickname when growing up in Abidjan was ‘petit Pele’. He’s one of the hardest workers in the side and did a lot to help the Elephants gain qualification for South Africa. However, as his performance in the first match of the African Nations Cup in January showed (against Burkina Faso), the lack of match fitness reduces his value to the team. And there’s considerable competition to play alongside Didier Drogba; Kader Keita, who was the only player to leave Angola with his head held high; Aruna Dindane (a little short of match-fitness himself); Gervinho (outstanding this season in the French league) and also Seydou Doumbia, who scored in the friendly with Germany and has an incredible scoring rate (albeit in the Swiss league).

And what did Kafumba make of it all: “People accuse me of deliberately trying to hurt Baky. It was just part of the game. Baky is my big brother. I went to see him after the match in the changing rooms to comfort him. He said it wasn’t serious and that these things happen.”

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