Fifa—Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, Bordeaux’s Thomas Toure and Malaga defender Arthur Boka have been recalled by Côte d’Ivoire to face Liberia in back-to-back FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers later this month.
French coach Michel Dussuyer unveiled his 24-player squad for the matches on Thursday. However, Manchester City star Yaya Toure is still missing.
“We have to get past this round and that is what we’re going to try and do against Liberia, who are respectable opponents and who beat Tunisia during qualifying for the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations as well as eliminating Sierra Leona in the first round of World Cup qualifying,” Dussuyer said. “We are expecting a difficult confrontation.”
Côte d’Ivoire squad
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangare (ASEC Mimosas/CIV)
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV St Trond/BEL), Eric Bailly (Villareal/ESP), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Lamine Kone (Lorient/FRA), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor/TUR), Arthur Boka (Malaga/ESP)
Midfielders: Victorien Angban (St Tronden/BEL), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse/FRA), Ismael Diomande (Saint-Etienne/FRA), Assane Gnoukouri (Inter Milan/ITA), Geoffrey Serey Die (Stuttgart/GER), Jean Michael Seri (Nice/FRA), Serge Yao N’Guessan (AFAD Djekanou)
Forwards: Gervinho (Roma/ITA), Roger Assale (TP Mazembe/COD), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Cyriac Gohi Bi (KV Ostende/BEL), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Thomas Toure (Bordeaux/FRA), Wilfried Bony (Manchester City/ENG)
Wilfred Bony pic: atomicsoda.com