Kolo Toure appears to be progressing very fast in his new career after hanging up his boots only few months ago.
The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender is now Ivory Coast senior national team’s No.2 man after he was named assistant to Belgian coach Marc Wilmots on Wednesday.
Kolo, 36, kicked off his bench career as assistant coach of Ivory Coast Olympic and home-based teams three months ago. Last month, he was appointed to the technical staff of former club Celtic FC to work under his former manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, to help guide the young players at Celtic Park.
According to a communiqué released by Ivory Coast Football Federation (Fif) on Wednesday, Kolo’s appointment with the Elephants takes effect on Friday October 6 when the team will face Mali in the World Cup qualifying.
However, the former Asec Mimosas youngster will maintain his position as assistant coach of Ivory Coast home-based national team, the statement said.
Toure spent 17 years in the English Premier League, winning the league title twice, with Arsenal in 2004 and Manchester City in 2012.
He won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Elephants in 2015.