Randal Kolo Muani started his career at US Torcy in 2011, a team based in the Île-de-France region which is well-known for nurturing hotbed of talent in French football. Kolo Muani is currently flourishing in the Bundesliga with Frankfurt, who face Napoli tonight in the Champions League last 16.
In an interview with Le Point, his former coaches recall his resilience and determination to bounce back from failures. Yann Lecoq, his former U15 coach, said, “Mentally, he knows how to recover from a setback. He has already been through moments of doubt to perform better, but he doesn’t dwell on it. For example, Gignac admitted that it took him a long time to recover from hitting the post in the Euro final. Randal quickly moved on.”
Lecoq is reflecting on Kolo Muani’s miss in the final of the 2022 World Cup, which would have created one of the most dramatic moments in footballing history. However, it was saved magnificently by Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Vincent Santos, another one of Kolo Muani’s former coaches, also remembered the young player’s unique qualities. He said, “Randal had that little something extra, but he wasn’t the same type of player back then. He was late in his physical development, and he looked a bit frail, but he already had that explosiveness, someone who was decisive and loved dribbling and provoking. In the Paris region, there were some big and beautiful physiques, but he took his time to develop athletically.”
GFFN | George Boxall