Yaya Toure (Photo: Reuters)
Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been excluded from Ivory Coast squad that will face Gabon in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 13 June due to injury, the Federation Ivorian Football (FIF) announced on Monday.
The Elephants’ interim coach Ibrahim Kamara, who has been appointed caretaker coach replacing departed Herve Renard, announced the 23-man squad for the Gabon game including new arrivals from the domestic league, D’Avila Ba Loua of Asec Mimosas and Bayo Vakoum Issouf of Stade d’Abidjan.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations this year - the first time since 1992 - and produced some fine displays with Manchester City this season, scoring ten goals in 28 Premier League appearances.
Ivory Coast have been drawn in Group I of the 2017 qualifiers along with Sudan, Sierra Leone and Gabon.
Although part of the qualifying process, matches involving Gabon in Group I will not count towards the final standings as Gabon are 2017 tournament hosts and qualify automatically.
Ivory Coast Squad
Goalkeepers: Mande Sayouba (Stabaek IF), Cissé Abdoul Karim (AS Kaloum), Sangaré Badra Ali (ASEC Mimosas)
Defenders: Siaka Tiéné (Montpellier), Diarrassouba Ousmane Viera (Caykur Rizesport), Franck Kessié (Atalanta), Mansou Kouakou (Smouha SC), Eric Bertrand Bailly (Villarreal), Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague)
Midfielders: Christian Kouamé Koffi (TP Mazembe), Ismaël Diomandé (Saint-Etienne), Geoffroy Serey Dié (Stuttgart), Cheick Doukouré (Metz)
Forwards: Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin), Cyriac Gohi Bi (Anderlecht), Seydou Doumbia (AS Roma), Wilfried Bony (Manchester City), Roger Assale (TP Mazembe), Max-Alain Gradel (Saint-Etienne), Ba Loua Adriel D’Avila (ASEC Mimosas), Bayo Vakoun Issouf (Stade d’Abidjan)
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