Toure brothers named in Ivory Coast squad

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 02, 2022
  • Kolo Toure to play alongside his younger brother Yaya. (Photo Courtesy CAF)

  • Yaya Toure named in the Ivory Coast\'s squad which also has his elder brother Kolo. (Photo Courtesy MCFC)

The Ivory Coast Elephants will pitch camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from January 5-16 in preparation for the Africa Nations Cup.

Coach Herve Renard named his final squad of 23 in which he has familiar names such as the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya, Salomon Kalou, Boubacar Barry, Gervinho and Cheick Tiote.

The most experienced players are Kolo Toure and goalkeeper Barry who were part of the Ivory squad during the 2002 finals in Mali. It is the seventh time they have been named for the bonanza which kicks off on January 17 in Equatorial Guinea.

Ivory Coast is in Group D with four-time winners Cameroon, Mali and Guinea.

Meanwhile, former AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant has been included in Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations squad despite boycotting the qualifiers.

The French-born 27-year-old, currently playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey, was part of French coach Michel Dussuyer's 23-man squad for the 17 January to 8 February continental extravaganza in Equatorial Guinea.

Dussuyer also included uncapped France-based pair Bouna Sarr, the Metz midfielder, and Bastia forward Francois Kamano. Guinea are in the Malabo-based Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mali.

In the meantime, Algeria head coach Christian Gourcuff has named his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The squad includes three players from the English Premier League in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, Newcastle United's Mehdi Abeid Mehdi, and Leicester City forward Riyah Mahrez.

Surprise exclusion

In South Africa, coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba surprisingly left out Ajax Amsterdam’s midfielder Thulani Serano from his squad of Africa Cup of Nations. He explained “other players were better than him.”

South Africa are returning to the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2008 won the event in 1996. One of the driving force for the team will be the murder of goalkeeper-captain Senzo Meyiwa during the qualifying campaign.

Elsewhere, Tunisian coach George Leekens named a provisional squad of 26 in which he left out veteran forward Issam Jemaa who misses out for the first time since 2006.

In the squad, Leekens has 14 locally-based players with French-based uncapped striker Yoann Touzhgar as the surprise inclusion.

The Carthage Eagles will hold a training camp at Monastir between January 2-8 before moving to the coastal town of Hammamet from January 9-12.

On January 11, Tunisia will play against Algeria in Rades after which they leave for Equatorial Guinea. They face mali on January 13 in Libreville and depart for Bata the next day.

Tunisia is in Group B with Zambia, Cape Verde and DR Congo.

Tunisia squad

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Aymen Mathlouthi; Defenders: Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi, Aymen Abdennour, Rami Bedoui, Syam Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Hamza Mathlouthi, Bilel Mohsni, Slim Ben Jemai, Yassine Mikari; Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui, Stephane Nater, Mohamed Ali Moncer, Houcine Ragued, Ferjani Sassi, Jamel Saihi, Wahbi Khazri, Anis Ben Htira; Forwards: Youssef Msakni, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Saber Khelifa, Hamza Younes, Amine Chermiti, Yohan Touzghar.

South Africa squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane; Defenders: Thabo Matlaba, Patrick Phugwayo, Thulani Hlatswayo, Rivaldo Coetzee, Eric Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca; Midfielders: Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Thuso Phala, Thamsanqa Sangweni; Forwards: Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Ivory Coast Squad

Goalkeepers: Gbohouo Sylvain, Mande Sayouba, Boubacar Barry; Defenders: Serge Aurier, Siaka Tiene, Ousmane Viera, Kolo Toure, Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bertrand Bailly, Jean-Daniel Aka-Akpro; Midfielders: Diomande Ishmael, Yaya Toure, Geoffrey Serey Die, Cheick Doukoure, Cheick Tiote, Max Gradel, Assale Roger; Forwards: Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Lacina Traore, Junior Tallo, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia.  

Guinea Squad

Goalkeepers: Aboubacar Camara, Naby Yattara, Abdoul Aziz Keita; Defenders: Abdoulaye Cisse, Mohamed Diarra, Djibril Tamsir Paye, Florentin Pogba, Issiaga Sylla, Kamil Zayatte, Baissama Sankoh, Fode Camara; Midfielders: Lanfia Camara, Kevin Constant, Ibrahima Conte, Boubacar Fofana, Naby Keita, Bouna Sarr; Forwards: Abdoul Razzagui Camara, Seydouba Soumah, Idrissa Sylla, Ibrahima Traore, Mohamed Lamine Yattara, Francois Kamano.

Algeria squad

Goalkeepers: Doukha Izzedine, Mbolhi Rais, Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche; Defenders: Essaid Belkalem, Madjid Bouguerra, Faouzi Ghoulam, Rafik Haliche, Aïssa Mandi Aissa, Carl Medjani, Mesbah Djamel Eddine, Mehdi Zeffane; Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid Mehdi, Nabil Bentaleb, Yacine Brahimi, Abdelmoumen Djabou, Sofiane Feghouli, Foued Kadir, Mehdi Lacen, Saphir Taïder; Forwards: Ishak Belfodil, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Hilal Al Arabi Soudani.

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