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Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou retires after AFCON 2017 exit with Ivory Coast

Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou retires after AFCON 2017 exit with Ivory Coast

- Ex Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has retired from international football

- He announced his retirement on Wednesday, January, 25, 2017

- Ivory Coast's exit at the 2017 AFCON was said to be his rationale

Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has hanged his boots from international football after Ivory Coast suffered an embarrassing exit at the ongoing 2017 African Cup of Nations championship in Gabon.

Kalou

Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou

Ivory Coast who are the defending champions of African's most glamorous championship were beaten 1-0 by Morocco on Tuesday, January, 24, 2017 in their final Group C game leaving them with only two points from three matches.

The 31-year-old Hertha Berlin striker explained while speaking with reporters in Gabon that it is high time he quit international football.

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"I have played in one final and I have won another. This time, it didn't go so well.

"There are youngsters like Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha, and I think they're the future of Ivorian football. I wish them good luck." Kalou said.

Kalou made his international debut for Ivory Coast in 2007 and went on to play 89 games for his country.

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