Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, Bordeaux’s Thomas Toure and Malaga defender Arthur Boka have been recalled by the Ivory Coast to face Liberia in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers later this month.
French coach Michel Dussuyer unveiled his 24-player squad for the matches on Thursday. However, Manchester City star Yaya Toure is still missing.
“We have to get past this round and that is what we’re going to try and do against Liberia, who are respectable opponents and who beat Tunisia during qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as well as eliminating Sierra Leona in the first round of World Cup qualifying,” said Dussuyer.
“We are expecting a difficult confrontation.”
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Mandé Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangaré (ASEC Mimosas/CIV)
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV St Trond/BEL), Eric Bailly (Villareal/ESP),Simon Déli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Francfurt/GER), Lamine Kone (Lorient/FRA), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor/TUR), Arthur Boka (Malaga/ESP)
Midfielders: Victorien Angban (St Tronden/BEL), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse FC/FRA), Ismaël Diomandé (St Etienne/FRA), Assane Gnoukouri (Inter Milan/ITA), Geoffrey Serey Die (Stuttgart/GER), Jean Michaël Séri (Nice/FRA),Serge Yao N’Guessan (AFAD Djékanou)
Strikers: Gervinho (Roma/ITA), Roger Assalé(TP Mazembe/COD), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Cyriac Gohi Bi (KV Ostende/BEL), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Thomas Toure (Bordeaux/FRA), Wilfried Bony (Manchester City/ENG)