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International: Ivory Coast file out against Togo and Guinea

Wilfried Zaha

Ivory Coast have named 24 players for their upcoming friendlies against Togo and Guinea, with Abakar Sylla, who has six appearances for Club Brugge this season, amongst a few potential debutants.

Familiar faces like skipper Serge Aurier, Barcelona’s Franck Kessie, who has 56 senior caps under his belt, and Jean Michael Seri, who moved to Hull City this summer, have all been called up to the squad.

The Elephants boasts a potent attacking unit which includes the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha and Max Gradel, who is closing in a century of international appearances, giving Gasset plenty of options to choose from this weekend.

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Meanwhile, Duarte has called up a 26-man squad for their friendlies, including the Portuguese-based duo of Kennedy Boateng and Emmanuel Hackman, who turns out for Santa Clara and Gil Vicente respectively.

Kodjo Fo Doh Laba and Euloge Fessou Placca both started the AFCON qualifying game against Cape Verde in June and should spearhead the attack once again, while Jacques-Alaixys Romao and Marouf Tchakei should team up at the centre of the park.

Ismaily forward Yaw Annor has failed to make the final squad for the upcoming friendlies despite being included in the preliminary list, while Ghana-born Samuel Asamoah has earned a call-up.

Ivory Coast possible starting lineup:
Sangare; Aurier, Diomande, Kossounou, Konan; Sangare, Seri, Kessie; Gradel, Pepe, Zaha

Togo possible starting lineup:
Barcola; Amevor, Boateng, Ananou, Hackman; Asamoah, Romao, Tchakei; Placca, Laba, Nane

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