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Laurent N'Dri Pokou (10 August 1947 – 13 November 2016) was an Ivorian footballer who played as a striker.[1] He notably played for French club Stade Rennais F.C..[2]

Laurent Pokou
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Personal information
Full name Laurent N'Dri Pokou
Date of birth (1947-08-10)10 August 1947
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Date of death 13 November 2016(2016-11-13) (aged 69)
Place of death Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1973 ASEC Abidjan
1974–1977 Rennes 63 (44)
1977–1978 Nancy 19 (3)
1978–1979 Rennes 12 (6)
1979–1982 ASEC Abidjan
1982–1983 RS Anyama
National team
1967–1980 Ivory Coast 70
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

International careerEdit

Pokou 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. This performance gave him his nickname L'homme d'Asmara (the man of Asmara). With 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Le football ivoirien en deuil: Laurent Pokou, l'homme d'Asmara, n'est plus" (in French). Fraternité Matin. 13 November 2016. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Laurent Pokou". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  3. ^ African Nations Cup - Topscorers

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