Watch: Aston Villa striker scores amazing overhead kick in international qualifier
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa new boy Jonathan Kodjia scored an amazing overhead kick for Ivory Coast against Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday afternoon.
Villa purchased Kodjia for £11million from Bristol City during the latter stages of the summer transfer window and the striker has now given supporters a glimpse of what he can do.
The 26-year-old opened the scoring for his home country in the 37th minute, but Sierra Leone forward Alhaji Kamara equalised as both teams finished the game with a point.
It now means Ivory Coast have qualified for the AFCON tournament which takes place in Gabon starting in January 2017. Another away goal would have knocked them out but they held on in a nervy finish.
Here is Kodjia opening the scoring with an amazing overhead kick.
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The African Cup of Nations kicks off on January 14 and ends February 5, which means Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo could lose several players from his squad during a crucial period of the Championship season.
Rudy Gestede (Benin), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Kodjia (Ivory Coast) and Albert Adomah (Ghana) could miss up to five key fixtures for Di Matteo’s side, if selected for the tournament.
However, owner Tony Xia has stated on his personal Twitter account that the Championship side have planned for this situation.
Kodjia will begin life as a Villa player on September 11 when his new side takes on Nottingham Forrest at Villa Park.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s star player reveals an injury scare whilst on international duty.