Mali striker Kalifa Coulibaly is leaving KAA Gent and has signed a contract with FC Nantes.
He signed his contract with our club on 21st June 2016 as a switch for the future and a potential replacement whenever Laurent Depoitre would leave the club. Coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck was very enthusiastic about his work rate and his endeavor. Soon Coulibaly showed he was a proven goalscorer who scored important goals, especially in important European games. So his nickname became “Mr.Europe”.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015-2016 : 15 minutes on the field, two goals!
The first one came on 24/11/2015 during our Champions League match in Lyon: he came in on the 90th minute and scored the decisive goal (1-2) in the 95th minute! The same happened in the next round, at home against Wolfsburg: with the score 1-3 and ten minutes before the final whistle he came on and scored in the 89th minute! Considering the number of minutes he was actually on the field, he became the most prolific goalscorer of the Champions League at that time!
EUROPA LEAGUE 2016-2017: 13 matches, 9 goals
Coulibaly had a remarkable record in the Europa League as well. In the first qualification match against Vitoriul (the future Champion of Roumania) he scored two goals. In the play off matches against Macedonian side Shkendija he scored another 3 goals, one at home and two away from home to ensure qualification for the group stage. In this group stage he scored another goal against Shaktar Donetsk and one against Braga , the latter a beautiful bicycle kick.
UP TO WEMBLEY …THANKS TO COULI
The most beautiful and most important goal was scored in the away match in Konyaspor. KAA Gent needed a win to qualify. We created chances but could not score. Coulibaly entered in the 66th minute and scored (0-1) in the…94 th minute! With his back to the goal he did control the ball and then turned around to volley the ball home. KAA Gent went through !
This season he also scored one goal and provided the assist for another goal in the UEFA Europa League.
He justified his nickname Mr. Europe as he scored 12 goals in 21 European matches.
KAA Gent would like to thank Kalifa for his loyalty and wishes him all success in his further career!