Why radioactive Zaha, Bailly may not face Harambee Stars in June

FOOTBALL Why radioactive Zaha, Bailly may not face Harambee Stars in June

Mark Kinyanjui 16:00 - 29.12.2023

Wilfred Zaha and Eric Bailly may not face Harambee Stars in June as their international careers are rumored to be over following their exclusions from Ivory Coast’s AFCON squad.

Africa Cup of Nations hosts Ivory Coast have included a smattering of overseas stars in their 27-man squad for the January 11-February 11 competition released on Thursday.

French manager Jean-Louis Gasset has called up Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller, Monaco defender Wilfried Singo, and midfielders Ibrahim Sangare of Premier League side Nottingham Forest, Seko Fofana (Al Nassr) and Franck Kesslie (Al Ahli).

However, he has left out the Turkish-based duo of former Manchester United pair Wilfried Zaha and defender Eric Bailly.

The Ivory Coast are drawn in Group A alongside Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Equitorial Guinea.

They have been pooled in group F of the World Cup qualifiers alongside Kenya, Burundi, Gambia, Seychelles and Gabon.

The side will be travelling to Kenya in June to play Harambee Stars, but Zaha and Bailly may not return as their international careers may rumored to be over, with Zaha previously contemplating quitting the national team.

Ivory Coast squad

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

Defenders: 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 (Bayer Leverkusen/GER) Wilfried Singo (Monaco/FRA)

Midfielders: Jean-Thierry Amani Lazare (Union Saint-Gilloise/BEL), Idrissa Doumbia (Alanyaspor/TUR), Seko Fofana (Al Nassr/KSA), Ibrahim Sangaré (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Franck Kessié (Al-Ahli/KSA), Jean-Michael Seri (Hull/ENG).

Forwards: Simon Adingra (Brighton/ENG), Jonathan Bamba (Celta Vigo/ESP), Jérémie Boga (Nice/FRA), Sébastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Karim Konaté (RB Salzburg/AUT), Christian Kouamé (Fiorentina/ITA), Jean-Philippe Krasso (Red Star Belgrade/SRB), Max-Alain Gradel (Gaziantep/TUR), Oumar Diakité (Reims/FRA), Nicolas Pépé (Trabzonspor/TUR)

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