Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward recalled by Ivory Coast ahead of Africa Cup of Nations | Football News

Wilfried Zaha was included on the Ivory Coast squad list for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), just a month after Patrice Beaumelle, the manager, said the forward wanted to “reflect on the rest of his career. international”.

Zaha has not been called up by Cote d’Ivoire for the November World Cup qualifiers, with Beaumelle saying the Crystal Palace star “has asked not to come”.

But Zaha denied her manager’s claims, insisting last month that “he never said I’m reconsidering my international future” and that playing for Ivory Coast “is an honor I’ve never taken for granted. “.

Zaha went on to explain that his absence from World Cup qualifiers was due to a “viral infection” and that he had asked Beaumelle for permission to skip matches.

Zaha’s return is a boost for Ivory Coast as they aim to win AFCON for the third time, following success in 1992 and 2015.

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Côte d’Ivoire are in Group E, along with Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria, the reigning champions.

Zaha is joined by a number of other England-based players, including Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet, Wolves’ Willy Boly, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and Fulham’s Jean Michael Seri.

But there is no place for Amad Diallo, who has only made one appearance for United this season.

Beaumelle said in August that he wanted the 19-year-old winger to leave Old Trafford on loan to have more time to play.

The Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, with all 52 matches broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Eric Bailly reacts after scoring an own goal
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Eric Bailly has been called up by the Ivory Coast, but there is no place for Amad Diallo, his teammate at Manchester United

AFCON will go ahead as planned, says the president of the CAF

The reorganized African Cup of Nations will go ahead as planned next month in Cameroon, says African Football Confederation President Patrice Motsepe.

A meeting was held between Motsepe and Cameroon President Paul Biya amid concerns about the threat of coronavirus outbreaks due to the Omicron variant.

The African football event, which is usually held every two years, was supposed to be played last summer but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hakim Ziyech
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Hakim Ziyech will not join Zaha in the Africa Cup of Nations after being excluded from the Moroccan squad

“I will be here on January 7 and I will come and watch football,” Motsepe said on Tuesday.

“I will come to see Cameroon against Burkina Faso on January 9 (the inaugural match between). I will also be around to see when the trophy will be awarded.”

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