He was gone a little over a year - now he's putting on the black and white jersey again: Kevin Koffi is returning to SV Elversberg. The 34-year-old striker was in action at SV Waldhof Mannheim until the end of last season, and the Ivorian will receive a new contract in Elversberg until the end of this 2020/2021 season.
The story of "Vino" is well known: he was born in Aboisso (Ivory Coast), he later spent his youth with his mother in Italy, where he also made the leap into professional football. He signed his first professional contract with FC Modena, later he was signed by AS Roma, among others. In the summer of 2011 he made his way to Belgium, where he first played on loan and then with a permanent contract at RBD Borinage (2nd division). He then moved to league rivals KVC Westerlo, with whom he managed to move up to the 1st Belgian League, and then played for White Star Brussels in the 3rd Belgian League. In 2017 Kevin Koffi finally tried his luck in Germany - and found it at SV Elversberg. The striker traveled to the training camp with the team as a test player, impressed in the units and test matches and signed a two-year contract. After contributing twelve goals and seven assists in the league in his first season in Elversberg, there were already 19 goals and five assists in 33 games in the second season - which made Koffi top scorer in the Regionalliga Südwest in 2018/2019. He scored 71 goals in 37 games for SVE across all seasons and competitions. With this brand he joined the third division team Waldhof Mannheim a year ago, for whom he played 41 games in the league and the cup and scored eleven goals. Now his way leads him back to Saarland.
“We know each other and appreciate each other. Kevin Koffi has already shown that he fits in very well with the team and our game system ", says SVE sports director Ole Book:" He will need little time to get used to this, he will quickly find his way into the team and strengthen our offensive. "Kevin Koffi adds : “The time in Mannheim was an important and good experience for me. Still, I'm happy to be back here. I've always felt connected to SV Elversberg. I had a great time here, followed the path of the club and saw games in Elversberg. I know a large part of the team, the coaching team, the club and the environment. I hope that I can build on the positive time here and contribute to the success of the team again. "
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press report written by: Christina John