Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Drogba, Traore in Ivory Coast World Cup list

13 May 2014, 18:04

Yamoussoukro - Lacina Traore's cameo appearance at the weekend was enough to win him a place in Ivory Coast's preliminary World Cup squad as the Everton forward was included on Tuesday in a 28-man list ahead of the tournament in Brazil.

Traore has battled injury since his move to the Premier League in January but came on in the last minute of Saturday's 2-0 win at Hull City to signal his recovery from a persistent hamstring problem.

Also included in the Ivory Coast squad were Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora, Boubacar Barry, Arthur Boka and Kolo Toure, who have played in the last two World Cups.

Coach Sabri Lamouchi, unveiling his squad at a news conference in Abidjan, left out experienced defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Siaka Tiene, and utility player Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso.

Ivory Coast are in Group C along with Japan, Colombia and Greece.

Preliminary squad:

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Abidjan)

Defenders: Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Souleyman Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Brice Dja Djedje (Olympique Marseille), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)

Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (FC Basel), Ismael Diomande (St Etienne), Max Gradel (St Etienne), Cheick Ismael Tiote (Newcastle United), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96)

Forwards: Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (FC Basel), Lacina Traore (Everton).

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...