Boubacar Barry is one of the finest goal keeper’s the continent has ever produced, perhaps the most underrated.

The 39-year-old said his good byes in 2018, as he retired his gloves. Due to the wonderful goal keeping abilities Barry showed in his peak, Belgian club O.H Leuven have rushed for his services so he  can now pass on the glove magic to the younger kids coming through the ranks.

Barry made his debut for the Elephants of the Ivory Coast in 2006, in their last game of the FIFA World cup against Serbia and Montenegro, and it was one to quickly forget as he swallowed 3 in a spin. After Afcon heartbreak’s, ‘the magnet’ succeeded in winning the countries continental jamboree for the umpteenth time of asking.

The veteran goalkeeper can proudly look at an immaculate career that started with a little boy at ASEC Mimosas. When asked about his new journey, he said “I am happy to be recognized this way by OUD Herverlee Leuven, and with many others that enabled me to get here. Keeper trainer is a Position, a new challenge that has come earlier than I thought. I am surrounded by a good staff, so it’s up to me to continue listening so I grow”.

Barry succeeded in writing his name in-between the sticks, can he now go ahead and do a “Zidane” ; be successful as goal keeping coach? That’s a Rhetoric.

Giovanni Wanneh.