Didier Ya Konan

Didier Ya Konan
Konan Ya
Personal information
Full name Didier Konan Ya
Date of birth 25 February 1984 (1984-02-25) (age 27)
Place of birth Tehran, Iran
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Hannover 96
Number 11
Youth career
2003 Sepahan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 ASEC Mimosas 77 (18)
2006–2009 Rosenborg 50 (13)
2009– Hannover 96 64 (24)
National team
2003– Côte d'Ivoire 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2011

Didier Konan Ya (born February 25, 1984 in Côte d'Ivoire) is a football Forward who plays for Hannover 96 in Germany and the Côte d'Ivoire national team.

Konan Ya has made a bright start to his international career with the Ivory Coast, scoring three goals in his first six matches for Les Éléphants.


Club career

Regarded as a big talent in Ivorian football, he began his career at homeland club ASEC Mimosas, which has produced players such as Kolo Touré and Didier Zokora. Konan Ya was the joint top scorer in the African Champions League competition this season, with ASEC eventually falling in the semi finals, to Egyptian club Al Ahly.

Following ASECs Champions League defeat to Al Ahly, it was reported that the Egyptians, who eventually won the competition, had made an offer of US $500,000 for Konan Ya's services. The offer was, however, refused, as the club reportedly wanted to sell him to a European side.[1]

In November 2006 it was reported that he, and fellow ASEC team mate Soro, had been granted trials with Premiership club Charlton Athletic. However, doubts have been cast over a move to England due to both players not having full caps for their country at this point.[2]

In December 2006 he signed for Rosenborg,[3] for a 3-year contract in the Norwegian Premier League, after being linked with Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax,[4] French side Nantes and Egyptian club Zamalek. At Rosenborg, he played alongside his compatriot and fellow midfielder Abdoulrazak Traoré.

In January 2007, Konan Ya was nominated for the Ivorian footballer of the Year award for 2006, which was eventually won by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. He was one of two homeland based players at the time to be nominated, the other being former ASEC team mate Bakary Soro.[5]

In August 2007 Konan Ya got on the scoresheet in Rosenborg's 2–0 UEFA Champions League qualifying victory against Finnish outfit Tampere United to take them into the competitions group stages for the 2007/08 season.[6]

On 11 August 2009, Konan Ya moved to Bundesliga side Hannover 96, signing a three year contract.[7]

After a very good spell at Hannover 96 he was linked to many European clubs. On 22 April 2011 Konan Ya told VG Nett that his agent had confirmed interest from Bayern Munich and other big clubs.[8]

Career statistics

As of 20 October 2011
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 20 6 2 3 9 1 31 10
2008 Tippeligaen 22 6 0 0 8 2 30 8
2009 Tippeligaen 8 1 3 2 4 1 15 4
Rosenborg Total 50 13 5 5 21 4 76 22
2009–10 Hannover 96 Fußball-Bundesliga 25 9 0 0 0 0 25 9
2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga 28 14 0 0 0 0 28 14
2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga 11 1 0 0 4 0 15 1
Hannover Total 64 24 0 0 4 0 68 24
Career Total 114 37 5 5 25 4 144 46
  • All European competition includes: Champions League, Champions League qualifying, Europa League and Europe League qualifying

International goals


He was called up to the Ivory Coast National Team for the 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon on 5 October 2006, along with fellow ASEC player Bakary Soro.[9]

In March 2007 he was one of four players to receive a late call-up for the Ivorian's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo, due to injuries to other members of the squad.



ASEC Mimosas
Rosenborg BK


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