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Ivory Coast names strong AFCON 2017 team

Ivory Coast

<p>Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha have been named in a provisional squad of 24 players by Ivorian coach Michel Dussuyer.</p> <p>Also called is veteran forward Salomon Kalou, who is set to appear in his fifth Nations Cup and <span class="caps">PSG</span> defender Serge Aurier.</p> <p>Ivory Coast, which is the defending champions, will however be without its captain Gervinho who was ruled out of the tournament after he suffered a serious knee injury.</p> <p>The elephants have a training camp in Abu Dhabi starting on 2 January.</p> <p>The west African nation has lined up two friendly matches against Sweden on January 8 and Uganda, three days later.</p> <p>The final list of the 23 players will be named on January 4th ahead of the tournament which will kick off in Gabon on 14 January.</p>
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