Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi was born 27 May, 1987 in Anyama. He is better known as Gervinho, is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a forward for Hebei China Fortune and the Ivory Coast national team. He began his career at ASEC Abidjan and Toumodi F.C., before moving to Belgium in 2004 to play for the now-defunct Beveren. Between 2007 and 2011, he played in the French Ligue 1, initially at Le Mans and then at Lille. He was sold to Arsenal in 2011, and moved to Roma in 2013. In January 2016, Gervinho moved to Hebei China Fortune F.C.
Gervais was born in Anyama, Ivory Coast. He began his career in the famed ASEC Abidjan youth academy, where he spent five years. At ASEC Abidjan, he was given the Brazilian Portuguese style nickname “Gervinho“, derived from his first name Gervais, by the Brazilian coach who trained ASEC Abidjan. Following this, he moved to Ivorian Deuxieme Division Zone Four side Toumodi F.C., where he turned professional.
Other clubs he has played for include; Arsenal FC, Hebei China Fortune and the likes.
Gervinho captained Ivory Coast at U23 level. He was named in the Ivorian senior squad for the first time for the friendlies against Angola and Qatar in November 2007, and was picked for the Ivorian squad for their 2008 African Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana where Gervais was given the number 10 shirt. He made his competitive debut for the Ivorian club during the 2008 Nations Cup where he made two substitute appearances.