Ivorian attacker Salomon Kalou has given the reasons for his failed spell at Botafogo in the Brazilian league. Botafogo had experienced European football campaigners like Salomon Kalou and Japanese international star Keisuke Honda but still managed to suffer relegation from the Brazilian Serie A.

Salomon Kalou spoke to BBC Sport about his failed spell at Botafogo. According to him, he struggled mainly due to language barrier, coaching changes, financial challenges and tactical issues.

Ivorian attacker Kalou left European football controversially after he was released from his contract with German Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin as the product of a Covid-related situation. Botafogo welcomed him with open arms as then manager Paulo Autuori convinced him to sign for the club amidst the offers received from other teams. Autuori would go on to leave the club after 13 gamesand his exit prompted several changes in the dugout. Botafogo started to hire and fire coaches. In a little over five months, Kalou had seen a whopping six coaches at the club.

Instability was the order of the season for Botafogo after the exit of Autuori who drew nine out of the first 13 games of last season.

Kalou said that Autuori had the experience of managing some African players and that played a big part in him accepting his offer of playing for Botafogo. The former Chelsea and Feyenoord forward also revealed that he moved to the Brazilian league for the experience as he could have gone to an Arab club or to China if he looked at things from the financial perspective only.

Autuori helped Kalou get in shape buoyed by his experience of managing players from the African continent during his time in Qatar. Kalou ended his time at Botafogo with one goal in 27 games. He left the club earlier this year after relegation from the top flight was confirmed.



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