Lamine Kone

Kaboul praises Lamine Kone

Published On 05/04/2016 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Europe, Ivory Coast, Latest News, Premier League, Top Stories

Younes Kaboul has paid tribute to Ivorian defender Lamine Kone following a string of fine performances at the back for Sunderland.

On Saturday Sunderland’s new centre back partnership were rarely troubled as they picked up a much-needed clean sheet and a point, but had it not been for Ben Foster’s heroics at the opposite end it would have undoubtedly been more.

Kaboul, however, is remaining positive, and speaking to safc.com he hailed Sunderland’s January recruit from FC Lorient.

“Lamine is a great centre back,” said Kaboul. “He is strong, quick and it is a pleasure to play in this team so hopefully we can be rewarded at the end of the season.

“I’ve been unlucky with some injuries but as a professional you have to keep going because it is part of the sport, so I’m working hard in training and in the gym to be ready for the games.”

He added: “We need to carry on this way because we have been playing very well and the next game is home.”

Kone moved to the Stadium of Light in January from French club Lorient and has also turned out for Châteauroux then in the French Ligue 2.

Kone, 27, switched his international allegiance to Ivory Coast previously turning out for France at U17 – U20 levels.

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