Yaya Toure recalled to Ivory Coast ahead of friendlies

Yaya Toure recalled to Ivory Coast ahead of friendlies

Former Ivory Coast national team captain Yaya Toure figures on a list of 24 players invited for friendly matches against Togo and Moldavia on March 24 and 27.

The 35-year-old Manchester City midfielder retired from the Elephants in September 2016, a year after winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with the team.

Ivory Coast are currently without a head coach following the departure of Belgian Marc Wilmots in November last year.

Interim coach Kamara Ibrahim will lead the team, with the assistance of former defender Kolo Toure and Jean-Jacques Tizié, who was a goalkeeper with the Elephants.

Last December, Toure announced he was returning to the team after they failed to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

“I think things are not right with the Elephants at the moment. The younger generation need our guidance and help to fit in, and that is why I want to rejoin the team,” he had said.

Squad 

Goalkeepers: Gbohouo Sylvain (TP Mazembé), Cissé Abdul Karim (Asec Mimosas), Sangaré Badra Ali (Free State Stars)

Defenders: Aurier Serge (Tottenham), Bagayoko Mamadou (FC Malines), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Deli Simon (AC Sparta Prague), Kanon Wilfried (ADO La Haye)

Midfielder: Konan Ghislain (Victoria Guimarès), Coulibaly Wonlo (Asec Mimosas), Touré Yaya Gnégnéri (Manchester City FC), Gbamin Jean-Philippe (FC Maniz 05), Diomandé Ismaël (FC Caen), Assalé Roger (BSC Young Boys), Serey Dié (FC Bâle), Kessié Franck (AC Milan), Aholou Jean Eudes (RC Strasbourg), Séri Jean Michael (OGC Nice)

Forwards: Maxwel Cornet (Olympique Lyonnais), Gohi Bi Cyriac (Sivasspor SK), Max Alain Gradel (FC Toulouse), Pépé Nicolas (LOSC Lille), Sio Giovanni (Montpellier), Zaha Wilfried (Crystal Palace)

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