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Zaha Named in Ivory Coast Squad

5 October 2018

Wilfried Zaha has been selected by the Ivory Coast for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Central African Republic during the upcoming international break.

The Palace man could win his first cap since March as he aims to help his nation qualify for the tournament in Cameroon, which takes place next summer.

The Elephants are currently second in their qualifying group after losing their opening group game at home to Guinea 3-2 in June 2017, but they got things back on track last month by beating Rwanda 2-1.

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Now they have a double-header against the CAR, who also have three points from their first two qualifiers. The first game will take place in Bouake in the Ivory Coast on Friday 12th October, and will be followed by the reverse fixture in Bangui four days later.

Zaha has won eight caps for the nation of his birth, netting twice in that time, and is one of six players currently plying their trade in England named in the squad.

Ivory Coast squad:

Goalkeepers: Ali Badra Sangare (Free State Stars, South Africa), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Abdoul Karim Cisse (ASEC Mimosas), Nicolas Tie (Chelsea)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Mamadou Bagayoko (Mechelen, Belgium), Ghislain Konan (Reims, France), Adama Traore (Goztepe, Turkey), Kouadio-Yves Dabila (Lille, France), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Ismael Traore (Angers, France)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse, France), Jean Michael Seri (Fulham), Cheick Doukoure (Levante, Spain), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy) Serey Die (FC Basel, Switzerland), Victorien Angban (Metz, France)

Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa), Roger Assale (Young Boys Bern, Switzerland), Nicolas Pepe (Lille, France), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Vakoun Bayo (Dunajska Streda, Slovakia), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)


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