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Ivory Coast announce 23-man squad for AFCON

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Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer has named a 23-man squad that will represent the team in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.

The squad included Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who has two England caps from two friendly matches, after he switched international allegiance from the country he grew up in to represent The Elephants.

The 2017 AFCON winners who were drawn in Group C along with Togo, DR Congo and Morocco started a training camp in Abu Dhabi to get ready for their first match against Togo which will be on Jan. 16.

Ivory Coast

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Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohuo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Badra Sangare (AS Tanda, Ivory Coast), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway)

Defence: Serge Aurier (PSG, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (St Trond VV, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Rep), Wilfried Kanon (ADO, Netherlands), Lamine Kone (Sunderland, England), Adama Traore (Basel, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Victorien Angban (Grenada, Spain), Cheik Doukoure (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (Atalanta, Italy), Yao Serge N’guessan (AS Nancy, France), Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel, Switzerland), Jean Michael Seri (Nice, France)

Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City, England), Max Gradel (Bournemouth, England), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Nicolas Pepe (Angers, France)

Dussuyer included only one local player in the squad; goalkeeper Badra Sangare who plays for AS Tanda in the Ivory Coast Ligue 1.

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