Didier Otokoré

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Didier Otokoré
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-03-26) March 26, 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Gagnoa, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1985 Stade Abidjan
1985–1987 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1993 Auxerre 97 (12)
1993 Sochaux 11 (1)
1993–1994 Cannes 11 (0)
1994–1995 Guingamp 13 (1)
1995–1996 Auxerre 0 (0)
1996–1998 Louhans-Cuiseaux 57 (2)
1998–1999 Al Wasl
1999–2000 Al-Fujairah SC
2000–2001 Bourg-Peronnas 24 (3)
National team
1988–1993 Côte d'Ivoire ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Didier Otokoré (born 26 March 1969 in Gagnoa) is a retired Ivorian footballer who played mostly as an attacking midfielder.

Best known for his spell with AJ Auxerre, he spent most of his career in France.

Club career[edit]

Otokoré was signed at just 16 by AJ Auxerre, going on to finish his football grooming in the club's youth system, under first-team coach Guy Roux. Never an undisputed starter during his six years in the main squad (tops 23 Ligue 1 matches in 1989–90, mostly as a substitute), he did manage to be relatively used. Also during that season, but in the UEFA Cup, he arguably had his most memorable performance for the club, scoring twice in a 3–1 win at NK Dinamo Zagreb, after a 0–1 home loss.

Otokoré then split 1993–94 with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and AS Cannes, returning two years later to Auxerre, without any impact. After a couple of seasons in the second level with CS Louhans-Cuiseaux, he took his game to the United Arab Emirates, then returned in 2000 to France, with amateurs FC Bourg-Peronnas, retiring in 2001.

International career[edit]

After he had already lived for the requested years in France, Otokoré was eligible to represent France internationally, being summoned for its Espoirs in February 1988; however, a judicial battle between both Football Federations ensued, and the player ended up playing for Côte d'Ivoire; in his first match, at the 1988 African Cup of Nations, on March 16, against Zaire, he played 60 minutes, being immediately sent home afterwards.[1]

Otokoré also represented the nation at the 1992 edition.


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