Ivory Coast name strong squad


ABIDJAN, December 23 – Ivory Coast coach Vahid Halilhodzic named a full-strength squad for the forthcoming African Nations Cup on Tuesday.Halilhodzic – a Bosnian-born former Yugoslavian international – only omitted Sevilla midfielder Romaric N’DRi Koffi for apparent disciplinary misdemeanours.

There is just one player in the 23 man squad plying his trade in the Ivory Coast, goalkeeper ASEC Mimosas Vincent De Paul Angban.

The Ivory Coast are in Group B along with fellow World Cup finalists Ghana as well as Burkina Faso and Togo.

The championships run from January 10 to 31 in Angola.


Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren/BEL), Aristide Zogbo (Maccabi Netanya/ISR), Vincent De Paul Angban (ASEC Mimosas)

Defenders: Kolo Toure (Manchester City/ENG), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal/ENG), Guy Demel (SV Hamburg/GER), Souleman Bamba (Hibernian/SCO), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Kispest Honved/HUN), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart/GER), Abdoulaye Meite (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Siaka Tiene (Valenciennes/FRA)

Midfielders: Yaya Toure (Barcelona/ESP), Didier Zokora Sevilla/ESP), Emmanuel Kouamatien Kone (International Curtea of Arges/ROM), Cheik Ismael Tiote (FC Twente/NED), Emerse Fae (Nice/FRA), Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso (AS Monaco/FRA).

Forwards: Didier Drogba (Chelsea/ENG), Salomon Kalou (Chelsea/ENG), Bakari Kone (Marseille/FRA), Kader Keita (Galatasaray/TUR), Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth/ENG), Gervais Yao Kouassi "Gervinho" (Lille/FRA).