Laurent Pokou, Ivorian footballer, Died at 69


Laurent N’Dri Pokou was born on August 10, 1947, and died on November 13, 2016.

He was a footballer from Côte d’Ivoire.

Pokou was a notable striker for French club Stade Rennais.

He was a member of the Ivorian national team, who was twice the highest goalscorer of the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring six goals in the 1968 tournament in Ethiopia and eight in the 1970 edition in Sudan, including 5 in one match against Ethiopia, which Ivory Coast won 6-1.

That performance gave him his nickname L’homme d’Asmara (the man of Asmara).

He had 14 total goals, he is also the tournament’s second highest overall goalscorer, behind Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, who eclipsed Pokou’s record in the 2008 ACN tournament.

Laurent Pokou passed away at 69 years old.