Close-up: COULIBALY Zana Oumar  :

The Fighter

Courageous, combative, intreatable, offensive, with a good collective spirit, COULIBALY Zana Oumar embodies in itself the values that make the strength of his team, the ASEC Mimosas, this season. First, he played 12 games in Ligue 1 and 4 in the Confederation Cup, where he showed that his team can count on him.

The first impression that COULIBALY Zana Oumar gives of him is that of a defender of character who is very sure of himself. His decided approach and his eagle gaze reveal the image of a boy who fears nothing or anyone. Two African Cup games by COULIBALY Zana Oumar confirmed these qualities. 

The first is that of the second sixteenth finals return of the Confederation Cup, in Algiers, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, against the CR Belouizdad that the ASEC Mimosas had gone to compel the white null to wrest his qualification for the phase of hens of the Competition after having won (1-0) in Abidjan, on the way. In this heroic match of the Mimosas, in the image of the whole team, COULIBALY Zana showed a legendary courage and fighting spirit at the post of right lateral in the place of ANGBANDJI Christian Alex, wounded and remained in Abidjan. “That day he was very strong. He really answered this, “recognizes the assistant coach of the ASEC Mimosas,” N’GUESSAN Fabrice. Zana was psychologically ready to meet this Belouizdadi challenge. Before the meeting, the coach had let me know that he was counting on me. The day before, Captain KOUTOUAN Akassou had called me from Abidjan to tell me to do everything to deserve the confidence of the coach. and on D-Day, the head of the professional football Section, Baky KONÉ, had spoken to me. I was inflated. And on the ground, I was very motivated. I was told after I had made a great game, says COULIBALY.

The second game is that of the second day of the hen matches of the same competition against the as Vita Club, in Kinshasa, in Dr Congo. ANGBANDJI Alex is still wounded, COULIBALY Zana is called to replace him. This Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Stadium of Martyrs Complex, the ASEC Mimosas has fallen (3-1). But COULIBALY Zana made a great game. He muzzled his opponent and none of the three Congolese goals came on his side. In evoking this meeting, AMANI Yao, Coach Mimosas, will say: “Against the AS Vita Club, Zana has been one of the best players on my team.” Zana Oumar, meanwhile, explains how he was able to behave in this other game abroad. I told myself that the game against the as Vita Club could not be more difficult than that of Algiers against the CR Belouizdad in terms of the intensity and the pressure associated with the issue. If I had been able to do my part in Algiers, I could do it again in Kinshasa to deserve the confidence of my coaches and my leaders. It was with great confidence that I approached the game and I was able to pull my pin. »

“Recruited to bring a plus to the right side of the defence”

A 25-year-old, COULIBALY Zana Oumar arrived from the Africa Sports of Abidjan after a short detour in Romania. He’s an experienced player. He was brought in to strengthen the right side of our defence. He has enormous defensive qualities. It can evolve as a right lateral or as an axial defender. His main strengths are his power, his aggression, his physical strength and his good game of head, N’GUESSAN Fabrice. In a team of the ASEC Mimosas where the competition is tough (he has to compete with ANGBANDJI Alex and DENIS Kouao Damsen), the merit of COULIBALY Zana is to have each time managed to make a good match when his coach needed him. And this is to his advantage for the rest of the season.

Zana Oumar The militant is humble in his ambitions. “I want to let things come and do them each in time. For the moment, I’m at the ASEC Mimosas. We have a great band that made the triple (Super Cup FHB-Championship-national cup). I wish we were going far in the Confederation Cup. It would be really nice if we could. It’s my ambition at the moment, he concludes.