ELEVEN DIE IN IVORY COAST ATTACK ON MILITARY

ABIDJAN [REUTERS]—Eleven people, including at least one soldier, were killed on Wednesday during an attack by unidentified gunmen in a village in Ivory Coast near the border with Liberia, state radio said. Witnesses had earlier put the death toll at three. The West African nation has been attacked by unidentified armed men from Liberia on at least three previous occasions in the past two years, including one assault in January in which two soldiers were killed. “It started at 4 a.m. (0400) in the morning,” said Juliette Abai who lives…

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Liberia Lone Stars Player Ratings vs Elephants

By Wleh Bedell A jam packed Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) saw a poor first half and promising second half Lone Stars of Liberia for the 11th time fall prey to a first half organized, but second half slumber Ivory Coast in the first leg match of the 2018 World Cup qualifier. A gift from Kohn Dirkir Glay two minutes to the interval enabled Danish based Gohi to score as the Elephants already have one foot in the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers except the Lone Star can come…

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Liberia Vs. Ivory Coast: Lone Stars Right Back Grimes Warns Team Mates

By T Kla Wesley Jr. MONROVIA, Montserrado – Liberian international right-back Solomon Grimes has come out to warn members of the senior national team not to feel complacent ahead of their second preliminary round against the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire in the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Lone Stars had a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Guinea-Bissau before smashing a historic 3-1 victory away to advance to the second preliminary round where they will play the African champions, Côte d’Ivoire. A win over Côte d’Ivoire will place…

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Star Striker ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh Back for Liberia Vs. Ivory Coast Clash

By Roland Mulbah Liberia Lone Stars’ Coach James Salinsa Debbah has invited three new foreign based players, dropping two ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Africa’s champions, the Elephants of Ivory Coast. The game is expected this Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, with Liberia hosting the first leg for the home and away derby. Star striker, Malaysia based Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh of Premiership side PNKS, is being recalled for the crucial clash. He was also invited for the Guinea Bissau melee,…

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Ivory Coast launches enrollment for universal healthcare scheme

ABIDJAN Feb 12 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast launched enrollment for a planned universal healthcare programme on Thursday with initial government financing of 20 billion CFA francs ($34.67 million), the scheme’s director said. The West African nation is expecting 4 million people to sign up this year, in a country where officials say less than five percent of the population is covered by health insurance. The insurance will eventually be compulsory for the country’s 23 million inhabitants, requiring a monthly contribution of 1,000 CFA francs for every person over the age…

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Ivory Coast Elephants Coach Herve Renard Wants Drogba

The Chelsea striker can make a comeback to the Elephants any time, according to the former Zambia coach Cote D’Ivoire coach Herve Renard has stressed that former captain Didier Drogba could return to the outfit if he wished to do so and that the door remains open for the 36-year-old all-time top scorer of the Elephants. The Chelsea forward announced his retirement from the team in early August, saying officials had lost confidence in him. The French coach, who was appointed in July, made attempts to persuade Drogba back to…

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