…Drogba leads 22 Ivorians


Ivory Coast’s Coach, Sabri Lamouchi,  has announced his list of 23 players to compete in the 2013 AFCON finals in South Africa.

This list was unveiled yesterday during a press conference at the Ivoirian Federation’s headquarters in Abidjan-Treichville.

As expected, midfielder Jean-Jacques Gosso and winger Kader Keita, both without a club at the moment, will not be part of the continental showpiece, as won’t CSKA Moscou’s striker, Seydou Doumbia, who has been struggling for a long time with a back injury.

Without any surprise, Shanghai Shenhua’s forward and Chelsea’s legend, Didier Drogba, will lead the Elephants in South Africa, together with Gervinho and Salomon Kalou at the forefront of the Cote d’Ivoire’s attacking force.  Crowned African Player of the Year for the second time in a row, Yaya Toure, will run the show in the midfield, while his brother Kolo, back in action with Manchester City, keeps his spot at the heart of the defence.
Despite a huge lack of game time with Paris Saint-Germain, Siaka Tiéné managed to secure the confidence of the coach and will be in competition with Arthur Boka for the left-back position.

Called-up for the friendly against Austria, Brest’s young defender, Ismael Traore will make the trip to the rainbow nation, as will former Sewe Sports’ goalkeeper, Badra Ali Sangare, third choice between the posts behind Copa Barry and Daniel Yeboah.

The 23 Ivoirians

1-Barry Boubacar (Lokeren-Belgium)
2-Yeboah Daniel (Dijon-France)
3-Sangaré Badra Ali (IAFC-CIV)
4-Bamba Souleman (Trazbonspor-Turkey)
5-Boka Arthur (Stuttgart-Germany)
6-Eboue Emmanuel (Galatasaray-Turkey)
7-Lolo Igor (FC Kuban Krasnodar-Russia)
8-Tiene Siaka (PSG-France)
9-Toure Kolo Abib (Manchester City-England)
10-Ismael Traore (Brest-France)
11-Abdul Razack (Manchester City-England)
12-N’Dri Koffi Romaric (Real Saragosse-Spain)
13-Max Gradel Alain (AS Saint-Etienne-France)
14-Tiote Cheick Ismael (Newcastle-England)
15-Toure Yaya Gnegneri (Manchester City-England)
16-Ya Konan Didier (Hanovre-Germany)
17-Zokora Didier (Trazbonspor-Turkey)
18-Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua-China)
19-Salomon Kalou (Lille-France)
20-Kone Arouna (Wigan-England)
21-Traoré Lacina (Anzhi Makhachkala-Russia)
22-Bony Wilfried (Vitesse Arnhem-Netherlands)
23-Yao Kouassi Gervais (Arsenal-England)

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