Touré, Tiote, out of Elephant’s squad for Sierra Leone


Coach Michel Dussuyer has named his 23-man squad for their 2017 African Cup of Nations second round of qualifiers against Sierra Leone with some big names not included.

Midfielder Yaya Touré pictured in action will not be available, the 6ft 2in Manchester City’s star player has decided to take a break from international duty.

Because of ongoing CAF moratorium on football in Ebola-hit countries Leone Stars will go toe to toe with the African champions on 6 September in Nigeria.

Other notable absentees are Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, Siaka Tiene and Lacina Traore.

But they’re some big names that the squad also revealed good news for AS Roma attacking midfielder Gervinho and Wilfred Bony will be available.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone caretaker Coach, Sellas Tetteh is yet to name his squad for the must-win situation in his new spell in charge of the Leone Stars.

Tetteh must avoid defeat against Ivory Coast in a Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria next month to be favoured to remain in charge of Sierra Leone.

The Ghanaian coach should also help Sierra Leone to win the match so that the Leone Stars can improve their chances of qualifying for the tournament in Gabon in 2017.

However, the 2017 Nations Cup hosts Gabon will face Sudan in the groups’ other match, but their tie will class as friendly and only the group winners advance to the finals.

Ivory Coast and Gabon drew 1-1 in June.

Ivory Coast squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohou (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ali Sangare Badra (Asec Mimosas) Made Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (PSG, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV St Trond, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Villareal, Spain), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Sheriff Jymoh (Athletic Adjame), Franck Kessie (Cesena, Italy), Adama Traore (Basel, Switzerland), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor, Turkey)

Midfielders: Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse FC, France), Ismael Diomande (St Etienne, France), Yao Serge N’Guessan (AFAD), Geoffrey Serey Die (VFB Stuttgart, Germany), Jean Michael Seri (OGC Nice, France)

Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, England), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Gervinho (AS Roma, Italy), Max Gradel (Bournemouth, England), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Giovanni Sio (Rennes, France), Thomas Toure (Bordeaux, France)

By Alie Bittar


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