On the twenty first of October, Bakary Kone signed for the Kerala Blasters forward of the 2020-21 Indian Tremendous League (ISL). By then, Kibu Vicuna had already added the likes of Vicente Gomez, Gary Hooper and Costa Nhamoinesu to his squad. The addition of Kone prompted many specialists and pundits to check Kerala Blasters and Mumbai Metropolis FC as each golf equipment have very sturdy groups on paper.
The final two seasons have been reasonably disappointing for the Kerala Blasters. Ninth and seventh-placed finishes within the league have been positively under the expectations for a group with their caliber. The necessity for change was imminent and Bakary Kone now finds himself as part of the renaissance for the Blasters.
For the upcoming season, Kibu Vicuna has just a few good choices in central protection. With Nishu Kumar or Jessel Carneiro because the doable left-back choices, Zimbabwean Costa Nhamoinesu will probably occupy a center-back place. Vicente Gomez is predicted to play in central midfield, leaving the vacant center-back place for both Sandeep Singh or Bakary Kone. And it’s probably that this place might be occupied by the latter.
For Kerala Blasters followers and faithfuls, right here are some things you want to know in regards to the 32-year-old center-back.
All you want to find out about Bakary Kone
#1 Third-most capped participant for Burkina Faso
Bakary Kone was referred to as as much as the Burkina Faso nationwide group for the primary time in 2006 on the age of 19. This got here following just a few spectacular performances in Ligue 2 with Guingamp. With 89 worldwide caps to his title in 13 years, Kone is the third-most capped participant for his nation.
Kone was an integral member of the Burkina Faso aspect that performed the 2013 version of the Africa Cup of Nations. His function was essential as Burkina Faso made it to the ultimate of the event, dropping out to Nigeria 1-0 within the closing.
#2 Made an impression with Guingamp
Bakary Kone joined Guingamp on the age of 18 and made his debut for the membership in Could, 2007 in opposition to Excursions in a Ligue 2 match. In 2008, he turned a daily a part of the primary group when he made 41 appearances for the membership throughout all competitions within the 2008-09 season.
Kone was additionally part of the Guingamp aspect that claimed the 2009 Coupe de France trophy – his solely silverware with the membership. He performed the ultimate in opposition to Rennes the place Guingamp claimed victory 2-1. Bakary Kone performed in opposition to the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Stephane Mbia and Nicolas Douchez within the closing.
#3 Performed within the UEFA Champions League
Kone is without doubt one of the few gamers within the Indian Super League this season to have performed within the UEFA Champions League. Following just a few spectacular performances for Guingamp, he was transferred to Ligue 1 aspect Lyon.
Bakary Kone would go on to make over 100 appearances for the membership, enjoying within the Ligue 1 and Champions League amongst a number of different competitions. His first objective for Lyon got here in a Champions League playoff recreation in opposition to Rubin Kazan in 2011.
He has additionally performed within the Spanish La Liga with Spanish aspect Malaga. Nonetheless, he made solely seven appearances within the first season with the membership earlier than getting transferred to Strasbourg in Ligue 1. This was his closing footballing task in France earlier than stints in Turkey and Russia.
#4 Second Burkinabe to play within the ISL, first for Kerala Blasters
Bakary Kone is barely the second participant from Burkina Faso to play within the ISL after Saidou Panandetiguiri, who performed for the now-defunct Pune Metropolis FC within the 2014 version of the ISL.
Revealed 15 Nov 2020, 13:05 IST