Ivory Coast and Manchester City icon, Yaya Toure, has been appointed as an assistant coach with Ukrainian club side, Olimpik Donetsk.
The former Barcelona man will join the staff under head coach Igor Klimovsky having previously played in Ukraine with the now-defunct Metalurh Donetsk between 2003 and 2005.
“I started my professional career in Donetsk – now I am here to start my coaching path,” Toure said on the club’s website.
“Of course I know that Olimpik is not Metalurh, but I remember well how friendly and open the people of Donetsk were. I am very impressed by the local people.”To be honest, even my agent was surprised when he found out I wanted to learn to coach in Ukraine, but I was firm in my decision.
It’s great to back in the Ukraine to continue by coaching journey! 🇺🇦
Thank you to Olympic Donetsk for the wonderful welcome.
I’m looking forward to passing on my knowledge, helping the team and also continuing my learning here. pic.twitter.com/aLNVHZuHcL
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) February 10, 2021
“It is not so easy to find a place where (you) can calmly, without unnecessary pressure, study, and where you will be accepted as a friend.”
“I am confident I can be useful for the Olimpik players, as a professional and a friend,” he said. “To suggest something, share your knowledge and vision of football.”
The 37-year-old who was recently pursuing his coaching qualifications in England after spending time with QPR and Blackburn, took to Twitter to thank the Championship sides.
“I would like to also say thanks again to those who have helped me over the last year with building my coaching experience and qualifications.
Chris Ramsey at QPR, Stuart Jones at Blackburn and Geoff Lomax at PFA – thank you all. I’m excited about the future.”
Toure won three Premier League titles with City and two La Liga with Spanish giants Barcelona.
He last played for Chinese Super League side, Qingdao Huanghai, before departing the club in January last year.
COAS charges troops to intensify onslaught against bandits
Brazil high court orders Bolsonaro investigated for ‘vote fraud’ claims released
Rachel Oniga to be buried August 26 – Son
Hushpuppi: Borno gov Zulum denies visiting Abba Kyari
JUST IN: Lagos witdraws case against Ogboni Chief accused of shooting Jumoke Oyeleke during rally
Fight cybercrime, EFCC tasks corps members
Breastfeed your babies, not husbands – Enugu Commissioner tasks women
Sanwo-Olu unveils 102 locally assembled waste trucks
Sound Sultan: 18 things to know about throat cancer
Court acquits ex-NBA President of N1.4bn fraud charge
Expertise in household chores doesn’t make better wives – Blessing Okoro
Nigerians blast American rapper, Bia, for saying she doesn’t know Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido
Mourinho tells Ozil his girlfriend slept with everyone at Inter, Milan – Perez audio leaks
Naira Marley’s signee, Zinoleesky acquires brand new car
Open letter to Sunday Igboho by Yahaya Balogun
VIDEO: I passed through a lot in Oman, assaulted, owed wages, drugged and deported – Funmilayo Fehintola
VIDEO: Will I remain single if someone sweeps over my feet with a broom?
VIDEO: Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho
FIDIO: Ǹjẹ́ Gbogbo Akitiyan Ìjọba Láti Mú Ẹ̀yìn Olóyè Sunday Ìgbòho Balẹ̀ Yìí Tọ́ Àbí Kò Tọ́?
VIDEO: Pastor Tunde Bakare declares National Movement
VIDEO: CCTV footage of nine-year-old suspect setting Prince Ebeano supermarket in Abuja on fire
VIDEO: Bandits release 28 abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School
VIDEO: Ladipo Market traders clash with security operatives
News14 hours ago
Katsina bans open grazing in metropolis, surrounding communities
Sports14 hours ago
Olympics: Nigeria’s canoeist Bello, wrestler Agiomor crash out in quarters
News15 hours ago
Court to decide fate of Igboho’s aides soon
Metro15 hours ago
Over 40,000 displaced as herdsmen reportedly burn houses in Plateau communities
Politics14 hours ago
Court bars finance minister from slashing salaries of academic doctors
News10 hours ago
Beirut Explosion: Lebanese demand justice one year after blast
Entertainment12 hours ago
Rihanna becomes wealthiest female musician with estimated worth of $1.7b
health12 hours ago
COVID-19: Barbie creates doll of Oxford vaccine designer Sarah Gilbert to inspire girls