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2014 World Cup: Ivory Coast Announce 28-Man Preliminary Roster

2014 World Cup Nation Profile Ivory Coast

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On Tuesday May 13th, the Ivory Coast announced their 28-man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There were no real surprises to the roster as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure were picked as expected.

Yaya Toure’s brother, Kolo Toure, was also on the preliminary roster released by manager Sabri Lamouchi. The roster also included strikers Wilfried Bony and Gervinho. Former Arsenal and now Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboube was not listed among the 28 man roster.

Drogba, who is most likely headed to his last World Cup, is one of Africa’s best strikers to ever play. The Ivorian’s have been drawn into a relatively manageable group for this World Cup unlike in the past. The last World Cup saw them lose in group stage after being drawn against Brazil and Portugal.

Lamouchi is a little concerned with the lack of game time for Drogba because of a knee problem. “Not seeing Drogba on the field is also worrying” Lamouchi said. The Ivory Coast still have a very talented squad drawn mainly from the Turkish, French, German and English leagues.

Lamouchi also expressed fears at his squad announcement over the fitness of midfielders Souleman Bamba and Mathis Bolly, and Everton striker Lacina Traore, but he picked all three in his preliminary squad.

The squad will head travel to the United States on May 24th for a training camp in Dallas ahead of their World Cup warm-up games against Bosnia and El Salvador on May 30th and June 4th respectively.

The Ivory Coast was drawn into Group C with Colombia, Greece and Japan. Their first match will be on June 14th against Japan in Recife. They will then travel to Brasilia to face Colombia on June 19th. They will finish group play against Greece on June 24th in Fortaleza.

Here is their 28-man preliminary roster for the World Cup:

Goalkeepers:

Boubacar Barry, Lokeren
Sylvain Gbohouo, Sewe San Pedro
Sayouba Mande, Stabaek
Badra Ali Sangare, ASEC Mimosas

Defenders:

Serge Aurier, Toulouse
Benjamin Angoua, Valenciennes
Brice Dja Djedje, Marseille
Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro, Toulouse
Didier Zokora, Trabzonspor
Kolo Toure, Liverpool
Souleman Bamba, Trabzonspor
Arthur Boka, Stuttgart
Constant Djakpa, Eintracht Frankfurt
Ousmane Viera, Rizespor

Midfielders:

Cheick Tiote, Newcastle
Serey Die, FC Basel
Ismael Diomande, Saint-Etienne
Didier Ya Konan, Hannover
Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Max Gradel, Saint-Etienne
Mathis Bolly, Fortuna Dusseldorf

Forwards:

Didier Drogba, Galatasaray
Wilfried Bony, Swansea
Gervinho, Roma
Salomon Kalou, Lille
Lacina Traore, Everton
Giovanni Sio, FC Basel
Seydou Doumbia, CSKA Moscow

Related Links:

2014 World Cup: Japan Announces 23-Man Roster

2014 World Cup: Greece Announces 30-man Provisional Roster

2014 World Cup: Colombia Announces 30-Man Provisional Roster

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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