"This was the dream moment of my life and I did not want to wake up and find that it was not real."
Failure to acquire Dutch citizenship
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After failing to obtain his Dutch passport, Kalou decided to play for the Côte d'Ivoire. His first international goal was scored on 21 March 2007 in a friendly against Mauritius. He played at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations with the team, scoring 3 goals in the process, and reached 4th place after losing to Ghana in the 3rd place play off.He had been named in the Côte d'Ivoire national squad on a number of occasions, however he rejected all call ups until 6 February 2007 when he finally made his Côte d'Ivoire debut in the friendly against Guinea, where the Elephants ran out 1–0 winners. He also featured in the Elephant's African Cup of Nations and scored a terrific goal to stun co-favourites Nigeria in the opening game.