Kolo Toure ‘wants to win World Cup for Africa’

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Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his assistant, former Ivorian international Kolo Toure, is using his stint at the club to prepare for a coaching job with an African team.

Rodgers signed Toure in 2013 when he was the manager of Liverpool and has said the Ivorian dreams of taking an African team to the World Cup.

“I know how important coaching an African team to maybe win a World Cup…that’s his ultimate goal,” said Rodgers, who encouraged Toure to take up a player-coach role towards the end of his playing career and also study for his coaching qualification.

Toure has already had coaching experience when he worked with the Ivory Coast team in 2017 before returning to the UK to join Celtic under Rodgers.

The relationship between the two continued with Toure moving to Leicester City last season as part of Rodgers’ technical team.

“He started on his coaching badges at Liverpool. When I took him to Celtic we continued with that relationship and it just felt natural when he was deciding to finish his career that he could then move into my staff,” said Rodgers.

“He is very focused on being the best coach and maybe a manager later. He is a wonderful assistant for myself, for all the players and for all the staff.”

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