With just a little shy of a month till the start of the World Cup set to take place in Brazil. A lot of surprises have sprung up as to the selections of players that will represent their national side for the trip to the World Cup as well as controversies as to the players being dropped, and Ivory Coast is not left out of the team selection saga.
Arsenal target Serge Aurier has denied Emmanuel Eboue a place in the Ivory Coast’s World Cup squad.
With Bacary Sagna set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, the hunt has been on for a new right-back for some time with a flock of player being lined up as his replacement.
The Toulouse right-back, who has been scouted by the Gunners man in France Gilles Grimandi as the north Londoners look at options to replace Bacary Sagna, has made the 28-man squad named for the tournament in Brazil today.
Aurier has been tipped to join Arsenal should Sagna leave in the summer and the 21-year-old Ivory Coast international would cost Arsenal around £7.5million.
Aurier’s selection to the ivory coast team side has seen former Arsenal man Eboue dropped for the trip to Brazil. Another player linked to the Gunner that made the West African side team is Wilfried Bony who plays for premier league side Swansea City.
Former Arsenal player who also made the Ivory Coast squad are Kolo Toure and Gervinho.
Ivory Coast’s provisional 28-man squad
Goalkeepers: Barry Boubacar Copa, Sylvain Gbohouo, Badra Ali, Sayouba Mandé.
Defenders: Kolo Touré, Bamba Soueleiman, Didier Zokora, Serge Aurier, Arthur Boka, Angoua Brou Benjamin, Diarrassouba Viera, Constant Djakpa, Brice Dja Djédjé, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro.
Midfielders: Yaya Touré, Tioté Cheick, Serey Dié Geoffroy, Max-Alain Gradel, Diomandé Ismaël, Didier Ya Konan.
Attackers: Gervinho, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Mathis Bolly, Lacina Traoré, Giovani Sio.