Wilfried Bony, Wilfred Zaha and Nicolas Pepe named in Ivory Coast's provisional squad for AFCON
Ivory Coast head coach Ibrahim Kamara has named his 2019 African Cup of Nations provisional squad and has included former Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony.
Having spent the end of the season on loan at Qatar's Al-Arabi, where he scored five goals in their final seven league matches, Bony was released from his parent club Swansea City after the campaign drew to a close. Coach Kamara has an attacking array to choose from with Max-Alain Gradel, Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia, Maxwell Cornet, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, and Nicolas Pepe all on the list.
The biggest blow for The Elephants will be an injury to Eric Bailly which ruled him out of the tournament. The central defender suffered ligament damage while playing for Man United back in April.
Ivory Coast provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Abdoul Cisse (Asec Mimosas), Ali Badra (Free State Stars, South Africa), Tape Ira (FC San Pedro).
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands), Wonlo Coulibaly (Asec Mimosas), Abdoulaye Bamba (Angers, France), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Ismael Traore (Angers, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (Red Star, France), Cheikh Comara (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco)
Midfielders: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz, Germany), Serey Die (Neuchâtel Xamax, Switzerland), Jean-Michael Seri (Fulham, England), Victorian Angban (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy) , Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse, France), Ismael Diomande (Caen, France)
Forwards: Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Nicolas Pepe (Lille, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assale (Young Boys Bern, Switzerland), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon, France), Yohan Boli (Sint-Truiden, Belgium), Wilfried Bony (unattached)