Cote D’Ivoire’s Elephanteaux did not mount the 2011 Fifa U17 World Cup podium where hosts Mexico lifted the edition’s trophy and Uruguay ended as finalists, but the Ivorians obtained the tournament’s golden boot, awarded to Souleymane Coulibaly, whose early goal-scoring spree raised hopes of seeing the west Africans progress further in the juvenile showpiece.
By the time Cote D’Ivoire were eliminated by France 3-2 in the round of 16, Coulibaly had already tallied nine goals, out of the 11 scored by his entire team, and he equalled the tournament’s record holding Frenchman Florent Sinama Pongolle.
“I want to thank all those who said good things about me,” Coulibaly told Fifa.com after receiving his accolade. “My team-mates and I had a wonderful moment in Mexico. The defenders ignored some spaces which I exploited to score those goals. But mostly, this recognition goes to my team-mates who assisted me.”
Coulibaly lives with his father in Italy where he plays for the youth team of Siena.