Wilmots convinces two more youngsters to commit to Ivory Coast

Wilmots convinces two more youngsters to commit to Ivory Coast
Jean-Philippe Gbamin

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017. 18:00

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has convinced Jeremie Boga and Jean-Philippe Gbamin to commit their international futures to the Elephants.

The pair follow in the footsteps of Maxwel Cornet and Seko Fofana, who earlier declared their allegiance to the West African country.

The 20-year-old Boga was born in France and had represented the country at junior international level, but has Ivorian ancestry. He would also qualify to represent England.

Twenty-one-year-old Gbamin was born in San Pedro in Ivory Coast, but he too has represented France at junior international level.

Boga currently plays his club football with Granada in Spain (on loan from Chelsea), while Gbamin is on the books of German side Mainz 05.

"After Maxwel Cornet and Seko Fofana, it's Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Jeremie Boga's turn to say 'yes' to the Ivorian team led by Belgian technician Marc Wilmots," the FIF said in a statement.

"The least we can say is that since his appointment as head of the Elephants, Marc Wilmots has been raking wide in the Franco-Ivorian bi-nationals in order to build a competitive Ivorian selection for years to come."

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