Zaha, Bailly in Ivory Coast squad

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

A clus­ter of Pre­mier League stars in­clud­ing Eric Bailly and Wil­fried Zaha was named yes­ter­day in de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the Ivory Coast’s 24player squad for the up­com­ing Africa Cup of Na­tions. C rys­tal Palace winger Zaha fea­tures in the list re­leased by the team’s French man­ager Michel Dus­suyer de­spite play­ing two games for Eng­land. But as those caps were both in friendlies the 24-year-old re­mains el­i­gi­ble to line up for the coun­try of his birth. He made it plain to the Ivo­rian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion in novem­ber that he wanted to play for Ivory Coast rather than the Three Lions of Gareth South­gate. Miss­ing from the squad for the tour­na­ment in Gabon start­ing on Jan­uary 14 was the Ele­phant’s in­jured Chi­nese-based cap­tain Gerv­inho. Paris Saint-Ger­main de­fender Serge Aurier and Stoke City for­ward Wil­fried Bony also fig­ured. The Ivory Coast warm up for the de­fence of their 2015 ti­tle with friendlies against Swe­den and Uganda. At the Na­tions Cup, Ivory Coast and Togo meet on Jan­uary 16 in the open­ing Group C match fol­lowed by Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo and Moro­coo.

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