Gohouri 'happy' to be back in Wigan

Published Jul. 22, 2010 9:41 a.m. ET

The Ivorian international, who linked up with the Latics squad on Monday, was present in South Africa but did not play for his country. And 29-year-old Gohouri is hoping to make up for Ivory Coast's frustration by helping Wigan build on their 16th-placed finish in the Premier League last term. "I am happy to see my team-mates again," said Gohouri, who joined the Latics earlier this year from Borussia reserves. "I went to the World Cup, we did what we could but did not qualify with four points. We were a bit unlucky against Brazil. "I did not play but I was with the team 100 per cent. Football is about the team, not individuals. "I am back now with coach (Roberto) Martinez. We will try to go again and defy the odds. I think Wigan will do well this season. "I will be more settled here, I know the town now." Gohouri admits he is delighted to be one of the names linked with the vacant captaincy post at following former skipper Mario Melchiot's departure to Qatari club Umm Salal. "I am honoured that my name is being associated with the captain's armband," he added. "That means I have leadership skills. "I have been a captain before so it will be an honour to wear it but, with it or without it, I will repay Wigan and Roberto Martinez for showing faith in me. I owe them a lot."