Spurs old boy Zokora begins career in Indonesia

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Ex-Spurs midfielder Didier Zokora has completed his first training session with Semen Padang after penning a one-year deal with the Indonesian side.

Zokora has followed in the footsteps of Michael Essien, Carlton Cole and Peter Odemwingie in becoming the latest Premier League old boy to move to the Indonesian top flight.

The 36-year-old has been without a club since leaving Indian side North East United, and linked up with his new team-mates for the first time on Wednesday.

“A one-year contract has been signed,” said Semen Padang manager Win Bernadino.

“He is 70 percent fit. You can’t doubt his technique though.”

Zokora – the most-capped player in the Ivory Coast’s history – rose to prominence in European football with Sevilla and Spurs after making more than 100 appearances for the latter.

Padang have signed him to fill the gap left by an injury to fellow defensive midfielder Ko Jae-sung.

Despite interest from other clubs, Zokora began contract talks with Pedang earlier this month.