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Kader Keita
Kader Keita
Kader Keita
Full Name: Abdul Kader Keita
Date of Birth:Aug 6, 1981 (Age 35)
Place of Birth:Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Nationality:Côte d’Ivoire
Height:184 cm.
Weight:78 Kg.
Squad Number:11
Abdul Kader Keita (Galatasaray) (galatasaray.org)

Kader Keita popularly known as Popito is the darling of the Ivorian public at Abidjan’s Houphouet Boigny Stadium, because of his side-to-side, dancing and bouncing dribbles. And the way he roars and groans after scoring a goal entices the public too. 

He is one of the few in Ivory Coast’s national team who came into football without passing through the famous Mimosifcom football academy. He started his career at Ivory Coast’s D 1 club Africa Sports in 1999 before a long and wandering career journey which saw him through Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel (2000-01), United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain (2001-02), Qatar’s Al Sadd (2002-05), French Ligue 1 club Lille (2005-07) and then another Ligue 1 club Lyon, where he played from 2007 to 2009 before moving to Turkey’s Galatasaray, where he still plays. 

Kader has been on and off Ivory Coast’s national team since 2000. He was part of the 2006 World Cup squad but did not make the African Nations Cup squad earlier that year. He played with the Elephants at both the 2008 and 2010 African Nations Cup.  

Did you know?

Kader is a great dancer of Decale- Coupe – Ivory Coast’s modern street DJ free-style dance.