AFCON 2023: Zaha, Bailly Dropped As Pepe, Haller, Make Côte d’Ivoire’s Final Squad

Hosts of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations Elephant of Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday, 28 December unveiled their final 27-man squad.

Côte d’Ivoire’s head coach Jean-Louis Gasset included Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller, former Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe and Nottingham Forest Serge Aurier.

Also included are former Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessié, Max-Alain Gradel and Forest midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré.

However, there is no place for former Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and erstwhile Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.

The AFCON 2023 will begin on January 13 and end February 11, 2024.

Côte d’Ivoire are in Group A alongside Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Equitorial Guinea.

Côte d’Ivoire final 27-man squad for AFCON 2023:


Yahia Fofana (Angers/FRA), Charles Folly (Asec Mimosas), Badra Ali (Sekhukhune United/RSA)


Serge Aurier (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Willy Boly (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Ismael Diallo (Hajduk Split,/CRO), Ousmane Diomandé (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Ghislain Konan (Al-Feiha/KSA), Evans N’dicka (Roma/ITA), Odilon Kossonou

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