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Sven Goran Eriksson selects attacking Ivory Coast squad with six strikers

Posted by on Jun 02, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has selected six strikers in an attacking 23-man squad for the World Cup finals with six strikers.

Coach Sven Goran Eriksson

Coach Sven Goran Eriksson

Chelsea pair Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, Aruna Dindane, who recently moved to Qatar League side Lekhwiya, CSKA Moscow’s Seydou Doumbia, Lille’s Gervinho and Emmanuel Kone, of Romanian club CFR Cluj, have all made the cut.

Eriksson has dropped seven players from his original squad, they are goalkeeper Vincent Angban, defender Abdoulaye Meite, midfielders Gilles Yapi Yapo and Emerse Fae, and strikers Bakari Kone, Kanga Akale and Lassina. Yapi Yapo, Fae and Kone all played at the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

The Swedish coach informed his players at their base of Gstaad, Switzerland, on Tuesday morning.

The Elephants have been drawn in the so-called group of death along with Brazil, Portugal and North Korea. They begin their campaign against Portugal on June 15.

Much will be expected of Drogba, who finished as the leading scorer in the English Premier League after netting 29 goals for Chelsea.

Notable names in the squad include defenders Emmanuel Eboue, of Arsenal, and Manchester City’s Kolo Toure, as well midfield duo Didier Zokora, of Sevilla, and Barcelona’s Yaya Toure.


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