Kolo Toure handed coaching role with Ivory Coast Olympic Team

The former Arsenal and Liverpool defender has been appointed as the assistant coach of the U-23 National Football Team of Ivory Coast.

Toure, 36 a holder a Uefa B coaching license will assist Ibrahim Kamara with national team duties as he continues to work towards obtaining his A license.

The Ivory Coast Olympic team will represent the nation in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and they have a date with Niger this weekend.

“The President of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) informs the clubs, the sports public and the press that as part of his training as a coach, with a view to a reconversion at the end of his professional career, the footballer Professional,” the statement reads.

“Kolo Toure, ex-international Elephants of Côte d'Ivoire, starts a practical training course in the National and Local Selections of Côte d'Ivoire.

“Holder of the UEFA B License, he will assist the KAMARA Ibrahim Coach as an assistant in the CHAN 2018 qualifiers while preparing for the UEFA A license.

“Kolo Toure will thus learn more and transmit to the new generations, its long and rich experience.

"The FIF gives him his support and wishes him a wonderful adventure.”

Toure scored seven goals in 120 games for the Ivory Coast national team with appearances in seven African Cup of Nations and three Fifa World Cup tournaments.

Kolo Toure drew the curtains down on his career just last season after helping Celtic to win treble in Scotland.

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