Jonathan on League form, AFCON & N’Koulou
Nine games into the season and it hasn’t been the best start, but through our hard work and determination we have seen results improve in the last few weeks. Credit must go to the boys and the fans who have been very patient with us.
I had an extended break from the team this summer because of my involvement at the World Cup therefore missing most of pre-season. Even though my fitness was good I was still playing a bit of catch up with the rest of the boys who had a solid four weeks of training.
I was out of the starting team for the start of the season and it was just about staying calm till i was called upon. I came back into the team for the visit of champions Paris Saint-Germain and we battled for our first point of the season. We always seem to raise our performances for the top sides in the league. Results have been improving the last few games and I have been fortunate to get my first goal of the season also.
There were a lot of rumours about my departure from Evian in the summer, but I can state here that even though many clubs from exciting leagues pursued me, I was not in any rush to go anywhere. I’m enjoying my football at the moment and very happy at Evian. The aim is to help Evian finish as high up the table as possible first and foremost.
I’m always following the exploits if my fellow Africans in Ligue 1 and I must say Nicolas N’Koulou has been very good so far this season. He has been strong at the back and it’s no surprise that Marseille sit on top of the table. Been great to see my former team mate Brice Dja Djedje featuring regularly also for Marseille. He was unlucky to miss out on the Ivorian World Cup squad so it’s good to see him back with Les Elephants for the AFCON qualifiers.
I’m currently with the national team in Morocco for our AFCON qualifier against Guinea this weekend. The fixture was moved here because of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
My heart goes out to all victims of Ebola in West Africa. It’s a deadly virus which is killing a lot of people and I hope a solution or cure is found soon.