BONAVENTURE’S BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

After an unproductive African Cup of Nations it seems that Bonaventure Kalou is starting to get back on his game. Just at the right time, some might say, with the second leg of the double Dutch UEFA Cup quarterfinal coming up Thursday. The striker’s performance in the first leg was impressive and he followed that up with a cracker in the Kuip at the weekend. It’s great to have him back.

A Bonaventure Kalou in form is a defender’s nightmare and that was never more evident than in Sunday’s game at home to Den Bosch. The visitor’s scarcely left their own half, especially in the second period, and it was always clear that Feyenoord would need something special to get through to goal. Bonaventure came up with the goods on no less than two occasions, skinning opponent after opponent on two mazy runs, the second of which he converted for the home side’s second goal. Trainer Bert van Marwijk was full of praise for his man. ‘Kalou is getting better every week. He showed a fantastic piece of skill but unfortunately couldn’t find the goal and a little later he did it anyway. This way, we’ll get a lot of pleasure out of him.’ Bonaventure himself is feeling happier after a run of indifferent form. ‘I feel I’m getting sharper, that things are gradually starting to come off.’ Clearly, the striker’s self-confidence is growing with every game and he’s becoming much more of a threat as the season wears on. It’s great to see Kalou’s frustration flushing away. When he has played, he has always felt responsible for the performances of the team. ‘I’m one of the more experience players and I’ve had a difficult time. Thankfully I have been supported throughout by the people around me and especially by my girlfriend. That’s why I’m dedicating the success I’m now having to her.’
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