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Africa Cup Of Nations: Ivory Coast Announce 23-Man Squad

Ivory Coast have named their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ivory Coast have named their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Coach Ibrahim Camara has left out five players, led by Sint-Truiden’s forward Johan Mboli ,after he failed to join in France for pre-tournament training.

Former Swansea and Manchester City striker, Wilfried Bonny is on the final list despite being unattached to any club.

He now has another chance to convince various clubs trailing him for his qualities, having netted a brace in the Elephants pre-AFCON friendly against Comoros.

The 30-year-old was part of the Ivorian side that beat Ghana on penalties to win the 2015 Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare, who was relegated with South African side Free State Stars, has also been included in the squad.

The other standout names in the squad are Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe of Lille, Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa while Manchester United defender Eric Bailly misses out due to injury. Ageing forwards Gervinho and Salomon Kalou were not called up.

Ivory Coast, who are in Group D alongside South Africa, Morocco and Namibia will begin the tournament against the Bafana Bafana on June 24.

Morocco will be up next on June 28, before the Elephants wind it up with a match against Namibia on July 1.

Ivory Coast 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ali Badra (Free State Stars, South Africa), Tape Ira (FC San Pedro).

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Wonlo Coulibaly (Asec Mimosas), Ismael Traore (Angers, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (Red Star, France), Cheikh Comara (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco)

Midfielders: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz, Germany), Serey Die (Neuchâtel Xamax, Switzerland), Jean-Michael Seri (Fulham, England), Victorian Angban (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy) , Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse, France)

Strikers: Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Nicolas Pepe (Lille, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assale (Young Boys Bern, Switzerland), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon, France), Wilfried Bony (unattached)

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