Ivory Coast final 23 announced

Training squad

Sven Goran Eriksson has named his 23-man squad for the World Cup Finals. Biggest surprise is probably that Baky Kone (Olympic Marseille) has been dropped, but despite his strong performances over the years, the injuries this season, lack of match time and poor performance in the African Nations’ Cup has cost him dear. It was always tough up front – Seydou Doumbia is in great form, and looks a real talent for the future. Aruna Dindane on the other hand looked very stiff at the weekend, and can perhaps count himself lucky to still be in the squad.

Otherwise, Daniel Yeboah’s return to the team, ahead of his Asec Mimosas rival Vincent Angban, is an important change. Former regulars, Meita and Fae get dropped too. Reserve keeper Yeboah is the only player from the Ivorian league (and from Africa).

Boubacar Barry (KSC Lokeren, Belgium)
Daniel Techi Yeboah (Asec Mimosas, Ivory Coast)
Aristide Benoit Zogbo (Maccabi Netanya FC, Israel)

Souleman Bamba (Hibs, Scotland)
Arthur Etienne Boka (VFB Stuttgart, Germany)
Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal, England)
Siaka Tiene (Valenciennes, France)
Kolo Abib Toure (Manchester City, England)
Guy-Roland Demel (Hamburg, German)
Steve Gohouri (Wigan Athletic, England)
Benjamin Angoua Brou (Valenciennes, France)

Romaric N’Dri Koffi (Seville, Spain)
Ismael Tiote Cheik (FC Twente, Holland)
Yaya Gnegneri Toure (Barcelona, Spain)
Didier Zokora (Seville, Spain)
Abdul Kader Keita (Galatasaray, Turkey)
Gervais Yao Kouassi aka “Gervinho” (Lille, France)
Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso (AS Monaco, France)
Emmanuel Kone Kouamatien, (FC Curtea Arges, Romania)

Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth, England)
Seydou Doumbia (Young Boys, Switzerland)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea, England)
Salomon Kalou (Chelsea, England)

Those that got dropped from the initial 30-man squad:
Lassina Traore (Cluj, Romania)
Gauthier Akale Kanga (Lens, France)
Bakari Kone (Marseille, France)
Emerse Fae (Nice, France)
Abdoulaye Meite (WBA, England)
Vincent Angban Atchouailou De Paul (Asec Mimosas, Ivory Coast)
Gilles Yapi Yapo (Youngs Boys, Switzerland)

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