English Premier League giants Manchester United has confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly from Villarreal CF.
The 22-year-old central defender played 25 times for Villarreal in La Liga last season, aside seven Europa League appearances. The player joined The Red Devils on a four year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.
Ivory Coast know that they will have to come up with a much better performance than in the reverse leg against Sudan in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Ivory Coast managed a third-place finish in the 2016 African nations Championship after managing to defeat Guinea 2-1 thanks to an own goal fromYoula and a fine effort from Badié.
For some time now, it was believed that Yaya Toure was on the verge of ending his international career and just focus on winning titles with Manchester City.
Yaya Toure along with Sergio Aguero are a few of the key players of the Premier League club and the English league is as competitive as it has ever been but despite this, Toure is eager on making a return to his national side after being absent for more than 9 months.
Ivory Coast manager Michel Dussuyer is unlikely to be without a couple of star names for the opening few rounds of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
Ivory Coast brought in Michel Dussuyer as the replacement for Herve Renard a few weeks ago. The national team is at a crossroad after this managerial change, but the Frenchman says that he has come to this job in order to win trophies.
Ivory Coast are regarded as one of the strongest African teams around. For years, they were regarded as favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations title. The long wait for this trophy recently came to an end with the likes of Yaya Touré contributing immensely in the victory in 2015.
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho believes that the absence of Stephen Appiah was a major contributing factor in the national team’s disappointing showing at the World Cup 2014.
The former Ghana captain was recently a guest for the Speaker to witness a friendly match.
Regarded as one of finest players for Ghana over the last decade, Stephen Appiah was the captain of the national team during the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup. Ghana performed exceedingly well in these tournaments and Adjaho says that it was largely down to the leadership skills of Appiah.
The FBI has been investing heavily into the world football governing body, FIFA, over allegations of corruption primarily relating to the award of the World Cups. Since Sepp Blatter took charge of FIFA in 1998, the World Cup has been held in Europe only once – in 2006.
HerveRenard is regarded as one of the successful managers in African football after having won the coveted Africa Cup of Nations title twice in his career.
Yaya Toure might become another Ivory Coast player to call it a day as far as International Football is concerned.
A couple of guys have left the scenes for Ivory Coast off late after the historic AFCON victory and it seems now the skipper Toure is also planning to follow the suit.
An announcement is being expected from Toure at some point of time this week.