Didier Ya Konan

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Didier Ya Konan
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Ya Konan training with Hannover 96 in 2010
Personal information
Full name Didier Ya Konan[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ittihad FC
Number 11
Youth career
2003 Sepahan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 ASEC Mimosas 77 (18)
2006–2009 Rosenborg 50 (13)
2009–2014 Hannover 96 117 (37)
2014– Al-Ittihad 4 (2)
National team
2003– Côte d'Ivoire 26 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Didier Ya Konan (born 22 May 1984[2][3] in Côte d'Ivoire) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a forward for Al-Ittihad and the Côte d'Ivoire national team.

Club career[edit]

Ya Konan started his professional career at ASEC Mimosas in 2003. A club that previously had produced players as Kolo Touré and Didier Zokora. Ya Konan was joint top scorer in the African Champions League competition that season, with ASEC eventually failing in the semi finals, to Egyptian club Al Ahly.

In December 2006, he signed for Rosenborg,[4] for a three-year contract in the Norwegian Premier League.

In January 2007, Ya Konan was nominated for the Ivorian footballer of the Year award for 2006, which was eventually won by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. He was one of two homeland based players at the time to be nominated, the other being former ASEC team mate Bakary Soro.[5]

On 11 August 2009, Konan Ya moved to Bundesliga side Hannover 96, initially signing a three-year contract.[6]

Following the 2013-14 season he left Germany and completed a move to Al-Ittihad of the Saudi Professional League.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 November 2013
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 20 6 2 3 9 1 31 10
2008 22 6 0 0 8 2 30 8
2009 8 1 3 2 4 1 15 4
Rosenborg Total 50 13 5 5 21 4 76 22
2009–10 Hannover 96 Bundesliga 25 9 0 0 0 0 25 9
2010–11 28 14 0 0 0 0 28 14
2011–12 28 6 1 0 12 1 41 7
2012–13 27 7 2 0 8 4 37 11
2013–14 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Hannover Total 114 37 3 0 20 5 137 42
Career Total 164 50 8 5 41 9 213 64
  • All European competition includes: Champions League, Champions League qualifying, Europa League and Europe League qualifying

International goals[edit]

International career[edit]

Ya Konan was called up to the Cote d'Ivoire national football team for the 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon on 5 October 2006.[7] In March 2007, he was one of four players to receive a late call-up for the Ivorian's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo, due to injuries to other members of the squad.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

ASEC Mimosas
Rosenborg BK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Current Squad (from 07/2011)". Hannover 96. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ivorian Ya Konan joins Rosenborg". BBC Sport. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Drogba swoops Ivorian award". BBC Sport. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hannover 96 holt Didier Ya Konan" (in German). Hannover 96. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ivory Coast drop Kalou". BBC sport. 5 October 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Berre, Tor. "Mestvinnende spillere" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 

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