Didier Ya Konan
Ya Konan training with Hannover 96 in 2010
|Full name||Didier Ya Konan|
|Date of birth||22 May 1984|
|Place of birth||Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Didier Ya Konan (born 22 May 1984 in Côte d'Ivoire) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a forward for the Côte d'Ivoire national team. Ya Konan is a free agent who recently played for Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.
At the start to his international career with the Côte d'Ivoire, he scored three goals in his first six matches for Les Éléphants.
Ya Konan began his career at homeland club U.S. Lecce, which has produced players such as Kolo Touré and Didier Zokora. Konan Ya was the joint top scorer in the African Champions League competition this season, with ASEC eventually falling in the semi finals, to Egyptian club Al Ahly.
Following ASECs Champions League defeat to Al Ahly, it was reported that the Egyptians, who eventually won the competition, had made an offer of US $500,000 for Ya Konan's services. The offer was, however, refused, as the club reportedly wanted to sell him to a European side.
In November 2006, it was reported that he, and fellow ASEC team mate Soro, had been granted trials with Premiership club Charlton Athletic. However, doubts have been cast over a move to England due to both players not having full caps for their country at this point.
In December 2006, he signed for Rosenborg, for a three-year contract in the Norwegian Premier League, after being linked with Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax, French side Nantes and Egyptian club Zamalek. At Rosenborg, he played alongside his compatriot and fellow midfielder Abdoulrazak Traoré.
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.
In August 2007, Ya Konan got on the scoresheet in Rosenborg's 2–0 UEFA Champions League qualifying victory against Finnish outfit Tampere United to take them into the competitions group stages for the 2007/08 season.
- As of 16 November 2013
- All European competition includes: Champions League, Champions League qualifying, Europa League and Europe League qualifying
|1||8 February 2011||Stade Georges Pompidou, Valence, France||Mali||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||11 May 2011||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire||Namibia||4–1||5–1||Friendly|
|3||5 June 2011||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou, Benin||Benin||0–1||2–6||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group H|
|4||10 August 2011||Stade de Geneve, Geneve, Switzerland||Israel||1–0||4–3||Friendly|
|5||3 September 2011||Stade Amahoro, Kigali, Rwanda||Rwanda||0–4||0–5||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group H|
|6||14 November 2012||Linzer Stadion, Linz, Austria||Austria||0–1||0–3||Friendly|
|7||14 January 2013||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Egypt||4–2||4–2||Friendly|
|8||26 January 2013||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa||Tunisia||3–0||3–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
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.
On June 15th, he was substituted on at a key moment in the pivotal game against Japan in the World Cup Group Stages for Cote D'Ivoire, impressing with his fast feet and small head.
- Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division: 2004, 2005, 2006
- Côte d'Ivoire Cup: 2005
- Coupe Houphouët-Boigny: 2004, 2006
- "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Current Squad (from 07/2011)". Hannover 96. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- "ASEC reject Ahly bid".[dead link]
- "Ya Konan and Soro having trials at Charlton".[dead link]
- "Ivorian Ya Konan joins Rosenborg". BBC Sport. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "'Ajax richt pijlen op Ya Konan'" ['Ajax linked with Ya Konan'] (in Dutch). voetbalzone.nl. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "Drogba swoops Ivorian award". BBC Sport. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "Ya Konan Scores in Rosenborg Win". goal.com.[dead link]
- "Hannover 96 holt Didier Ya Konan" (in German). Hannover 96. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "Bayern-interesse for Konan Ya" (in Norwegian). vg.no. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "Ivory Coast drop Kalou". BBC sport. 5 October 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Berre, Tor. "Mestvinnende spillere" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- Official website
- Didier Ya Konan at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Biography on Rosenborg site (Norwegian)
- Profile on zerozero.pt
- Profile on Guardian Unlimited