zaha fails to make ivory coast squad for rwanda clash

17:14    31 Aug 2018

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is a surprise omission from Ivory Coast's squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month.

The Elephants travel to Kigali next week for a must win clash against Rwanda, following the country's surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Guinea in June last year.

The reason behind Zaha's omission is not quite clear, but a source told BBC Sport that the 25-year-old's absence from the squad is due to personal reasons.

Zaha has scored two goals in three English Premier League games this season, having penned a new long-term deal with the Eagles earlier this month.

Furthermore, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho and Yaya Toure - who last year reversed his decision to retire from international football - were also not included in Ibrahim Kamara's 23-man squad.

Ivory Coast 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Sayouba Mandé (Odense BK, Denmark), Badra Ali Sangare (Free State, South Africa), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)

Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV Mechelen, Belgium), Ghislain Konan (Reims, France), Adama Traore (Göztepe, Turkey),Kouadio-Yves Dabila (Lille, France), Lamine Kone (Strasbourg, France), Wilfried Kanon (Ado Den Haag, Holland)

Midfielders: Jean Michaël Seri (Fulham, England), Serey Dié (Basel, Switzerland), Jean-Eudes Aholou (Monaco, France), Franck Kessié (AC Milan, Italy), Cheick Doukouré (Levante, Spain), Serge N'Guessan (Nancy, France)

Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assalé (Young Boys, Switzerland), Nicolas Pépé (Lille, France), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Dunajská Streda, Slovakia), Maxwell Cornet (Lyon, France)

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