At 17, Cheick Oumar Doucouré could have changed the destiny of Mali at the U-17 World Cup, and even become the hero of the semifinal. But it did not happen, but there is no doubt about his talent and his future could be written soon in large in a European top club.
His name has been mentionned in the many debates of the recent weeks. Those who remade the match long lamented his goal denied by the referee, who could have changed the course of the match against Spain and the outcome of the competition for Mali. “I was very far, I did not really know if it did pass the line or not? Later, on the big screen, I saw that there was purpose. The referee was next to me at that moment, but it was too late, he could not go back on his decision, “he says. Doucouré, played that day his first World Cup match as a starter, in the absence of Captain Mohamed Camara. Although substitute, he participated in all meetings, scratching minutes of play, with benefits completed. Before marveling on the Indian soccer fields, Doucouré started his story with football in Côte d’Ivoire, a country of his childhood. Rocked in this sport by a passionate father, former junior footballer, it is on the grounds of Yopougon he makes his first strides with a ball at his foot. His then impressed coach gave him a test at the prestigious Jean-Marc Guillou Academy.
His Dream : winning the Africain Golden Ball
Technically gifted, with a good vision of play and a heavy shot, Doucoure could have been compared to his idol, Yaya Toure, if he had the same physique of colossus player. His “nonchalance”, as he himself acknowledges, is more reminiscent of Mesut Ozil, the German right-hander. Sure of his strength, he dreams of playing at FC Barcelona. “It’s a game I know well. We practiced it at the academy. So I think I can adapt very well, “he says. For now, he shines his star in the first team of AS Real, where he has been playing for two years. Offers from abroad would already be on the table, but he does not prefer to spill over. It would be the beginning of a great adventure for this talented midfielder, who dreams of one day winning the African Golden Ball.
source www.journal du mali