Sol Coulibaly

Coulibaly to choose between Italy & Ivory Coast

Published On 05/07/2016 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Best of the Rest, Ivory Coast, Latest News, Premier League, Top Stories, Transfers

Souleymane Coulibaly, once dubbed “the new Didier Drogba”, hopes scoring for Kilmarnock will mean he has to make the choice between Ivory Coast or Italy.

He has played for Ivory Coast Under-20s but has dual nationality and can still choose at senior international level.

“I am waiting for my chance, whether it is from the first team in Africa or Italy,” he told BBC Scotland.

“The best thing is to work hard and score a lot of goals.”

Born in Anguededou Songon, Coulibaly moved to Italy aged 13 to join his father, who had married an Italian.

But it was while representing his homeland that he was compared to compatriot and former Chelsea striker Drogba.

“They started calling me the new Drogba after the Under-17 World Cup,” he said.

“But he is a legend and it would just be nice just to meet him.”

Coulibaly was on the books of Siena before moving to Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager.

After a loan spell with Grosseto, he switched permanently to Bari and had another loan term with Pistoiese before signing for Peterborough last summer.

He scored five goals in 32 appearances for the League One Posh but ended the season in the division below, finding the net once in six games while on loan with Newport County.

Coulibaly was one of 11 signings announced in one day as manager Lee Clark rebuilds his Kilmarnock squad.

“It is a good challenge for me and a good adventure,” he said.

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