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Zayatte at home in Premier League

By Syerramia Willoughby
BBC Sport

Kamil Zayatte and Emmanuel Adebayor (top)
Zayatte in Premier League action with Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor (top)

Hull City and Guinea defender Kamil Zayatte has been one of this season's revelations in the English Premier League.

The 23-year-old has developed a strong partnership with Englishman Michael Turner at the heart of the Tigers defence.

Their relationship is flourishing despite the inability to converse in English.

The Premier League can be notoriously difficult for some players to adapt to, but for Zayatte, it is almost like coming home.

"With my build and my physicality I was always told I could play in England and that has allowed me to settle into the team very quickly," he told BBC Sport.

Zayatte may be part of one of the toughest defences in the country, but his contribution is not just limited to the back.

He has made his mark up front as well - opening the scoring in Hull City's 3-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion.

"It's not every day that this happens, so I was very happy to score a goal for my club and my first in the Premier League," said Zayatte.

Kamil Zayatte
There must come a day when Ivory Coast stop beating us

Kamil Zayatte

Despite Hull's great start to their first ever campaign in the top flight, Zayatte is very cautious as to what the team can achieve this season.

"We need to continue to work hard so we can stay in the Premier League," he said.

"Europe is possible, but it's far from guaranteed, it's still a long way to go."

While it is early days in the Premier League, qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations is at the halfway point, with Guinea aiming for a first-ever World Cup finals appearance.

Zayatte, who made his international debut at this year's Nations Cup finals, scored for Guinea in the 3-2 victory over Kenya last month that sent them through to the final qualifying phase.

"We won and I scored with a header - my first goal for my country. It was overwhelming joy for me."

To qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals, Guinea must finish top of a group that includes Ivory Coast, Malawi and Burkina Faso.

The Elephants thrashed the Syli Nationale 5-0 in the quarter-finals of this year's Nations Cup.

"We've never won against Ivory Coast, so it's a good thing for us to take on the challenge," said Zayatte.

"There must come a day when Ivory Coast stop beating us."

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