Ivory Coast Coach, Michel Dussuyer has left out Manchester City duo, Yaya Toure & Wilfried Bony from the Elephant squad ahead of their September 3rd decisive 2017 AFCON final qualifying match against Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.
Coach Dussuyer’s final 23-man squad was made know last Thursday in a press conference at the headquarters of the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF).
The French boss when asked about Toure’s absence said: "A meeting is planned with Yaya Touré. After which everyone will be updated.”
Another player that will miss the September 3rd encounter is Stuttgart midfielder Serey Die who is recovering from a leg injury he suffered on April 5 while playing for Stuttgart in their 2-2 draw with Darmstadt. However, there is some good news for the former Guinea national team coach as PSG defender Serge Aurier and newly acquired Manchester United central-back Eric Bailly are available for selection.
Aurier had not been involved with the Elephants since March 29th in Khartoum against Sudan during the fourth round matches. Meanwhile, the former French international also recalled Deli Simon of Sparta Prague, Ousmane Viera, Wilfried Kanon and Kone Lamine Traore. In midfield, Franck Kessie, now a pivot in Atlanta Bergamo in Italy and Serge N'Guessan the new resident of the French league was again called up by Dussuyer.
With the absence of Toure and Bony, Dussuyer has called up Max Gradel, Yao Kouassi Gervais, Kodja Jonathan and Giovanni Sio Thomas of Girondins de Bordeaux. Goalkeeper Gbohouo Sylvain will be assisted by Sayouba Mande and Sangare Badra.
Ivory Coast are currently leading group I with 5 points and only need to avoid defeat to secure qualification while Sierra Leone who are with 4 points can only progress to Gabon 2017 with a victory.