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Kolo Toure retires from International football
The 33-year-old who has been an integral part of the Ivory Coast squad since 2000 has decided to hang up his boots after winning his first African Cup of Nations trophy.
In an interview with Côte D’ivoirian media Toure said, “It is with great emotion that I inform you that it is time to say goodbye.”
“My goal was to win the Africa Cup of Nations and I must admit that it was a very difficult decision to make. I do love my country and especially love football, but at some point, there comes a time to stop.”
Having lost the last two African Cup of Nations finals Kolo Toure knew the third final against joint favourites Ghana would be tough. “Sometimes it plays in your mind, but with this incredible success you have to forget the past and enjoy the moment,” he said.
Kolo has played in three World Cups and seven African Cup of Nations, with the latest being the icing on the cake for his long career.
Ivory Coast could also lose their manager after it was revealed that Hervé Renard has a buyout clause meaning if Egypt were interested and willing the to pay the fee Renard could leave the Elephants.