Cote d’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 04, 2016. 14:00

Cote d’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has announced his squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Mali on Saturday.

The French manager has opted to neglect Hertha Berlin striker Salomon Kalou purely based on match fitness and lack of game time for the German Bundesliga side.

Although Dussuyer insists that he can always count on the forward, he wants to see the player back to full fitness.

The Indomitable Lions are set to meet the Eagles as they want to get their route to Russia off to a good start.

“Salomon Kalou has been going through a bit of a difficult time. He has not played a match since our game against Sierra Leone [at the beginning of September],” said Dussuyer.


“This is a player I can count on but he is not in any form at the moment. All I hope is that he quickly regains his fitness and gets back into his club side so that we can use him because we have some important assignments ahead of us.”

The Group C encounter is scheduled to be staged in Bouake, while Gabon and Morocco will feature in the other group tie.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ali Sangare Badra (AS Tanda), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe Englebert, Democratic Republic of Congo), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris St Germain, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (St Truiden, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Adanaspor, Turkey), Wilfried Kanon (ADO den Haag, Netherlands), Lamine Kone (Sunderland, England), Adama Traore (FC Basel, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Victorien Angban (Granada, Spain), Geoffrey Serey Die (FC Basel, Switzerland), Cheik Doukoure (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (Atalanta, Italy), Yao Serge Nguessan (Nancy, France), Jean Michaël Seri (Nice, France)

Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City, England), Gervinho (Hebei China Fortune FC, China), Max Alain Gradel (Bournemouth, England), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes, France), Thomas Toure (Girondins Bordeaux, France)

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