2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast name unattached Wilfried Bony in final 23-man squad

Published on: 10 June 2019
2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast name unattached Wilfried Bony in final 23-man squad
Cheick Kader Doukoure of Ivory Coast during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Ivory Coast training at the Akoukam Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Ivory Coast announced Sunday its final 23-man squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. 

The Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, will be played in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July.

The Elephants' squad witnesses some notable absentees as Manchester United centeral defender Eric Bertrand Bailly is out due to injury.

Parma forward Gervais Yao Kouassi and Levante midfielder Cheick Kader Doukouré are also missing in the squad.

The West Africans are in Group D alongside Namibia, South Africa and Morocco.

Ivory Coast will start their mission in the 2019 AFCON by facing South Africa on 24 June.

Ivory Coast's final squad

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Tape Ira (FC San Pedro) and Ali Badra (Free State Stars, South Africa).

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Mamadou Bagayoko (Red Star, France), Wonlo Coulibaly (Asec Mimosas), Ismael Traore (Angers, France), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Cheikh Comara (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco).

Midfielders: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz, Germany), Serey Die (Neuchâtel Xamax, Switzerland), Jean-Michael Seri (Fulham, England), Victorian Angban (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy) , Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse, France).

Strikers: Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Nicolas Pepe (Lille, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assale (Young Boys Bern, Switzerland), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon, France), Wilfried Bony (unattached).

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