Willy Boly to make Ivory Coast debut

Willy Boly to make Ivory Coast debut
Fulham's Joe Bryan and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Willy Boly battle for the ball

by Bertin Basson

Thursday Oct 29, 2020. 09:00

Wolverhampton Wolves defender Willy Boly is set to make his international debut for the Ivory Coast next month.

The French-born centre back has been cleared by FIFA to represent the Elephants in the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. The West African nation is set to face Madagascar in back-to-back fixtures in November.

Boly, 29, rose through the ranks at INF Clairefontaine Youth and later Auxerre where he broke into the first team nine years ago. He moved to Portuguese club Braga and later Porto before joining Wolves in 2017, initially on-loan.

“The request of the FIF relating to the change of association of the player Willy Boly is accepted, writes the commission of the status of the player of FIFA,” Sport-Ivoire reports.

“The player, Willy-Arnaud Boly, is authorized to represent the representative teams of the Ivorian Football Federation with immediate effect.”

Boly, who represented France at youth level, has scored eight goals in 120 appearances for Wolves and has established himself as one of the top defenders in the English Premier League over the last few seasons.

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