Genoa striker gets Ivory Coast call

Genoa striker gets Ivory Coast call
Genoa's Ivorian forward Christian Kouame

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 05, 2019. 12:00

Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara has called on uncapped Genoa forward Christian Kouame for the international friendly with the Democratic Republic of Congo in France on October 13, but has otherwise selected a largely unchanged squad from that which did duty last month.

Kouame, 21, has three goals in six Italian Serie A starts this season, and has also starred for the Ivorian Under-23 side in their Olympic Games qualifiers.

There is also a recall for Reading midfielder Yakou Meite, who was left out of the squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, but no place for Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia.

Star names Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), have been included.

Ivory Coast squad:

Goalkeepers: Gbohouo Sylvain (TP Mazembe, DRC), Badra Ali Sangare (Uthongathi FC, South Africa), Sayouba Mande (Odense Boldklub, Denmark)

Defenders: Konan Ghislain (Stade Reims, France), Aurier Serge (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Brito Willie (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Kanon Wilfried (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Traoré Ismael (Angers Sporting Club, France), Komara Cheick (Wydad Athletic Club, Morocco), Doumbia Souleymane (Stade Rennais, France), Deli Simon (Club Brugge, Belgium)

Midfielders: Kessie Franck (AC Milan, Italy), Habib Maiga (Metz, France), Seko Fofana (Udinese, Italy), Angban Victorien (Metz, France), Sangare Ibrahim (Toulouse, France), Yakou Meite (Reading, England)

Forwards: Max Gradel (Toulouse, France), Zaha Wilfried (Crystal Palace, England), Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal, England), Assale Roger (Young Boys, Switzerland), Boli Yohan (Sint-Truidense, Belgium), Christian Kouame (Genoa, Italy)

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