Ivory Coast named uncapped Ismael Diomande as midfield cover for this month's World Cup playoff against Senegal.
James Rodriguez finally delivered after a mediocre start to the season, creating both goals as Monaco went clear in Ligue 1.
Kolo Toure earned a surprise recall to the Ivory Coast squad for their World Cup qualifying play-off against Senegal.
Ivory Coast failed to live up to their favourites billing after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations.
Ivory Coast 1 Nigeria 2 - African Nations Cup quarter-final result
Leeds will not be making leading scorer Luciano Becchio another contract offer as he edges closer to the Elland Road exit door, according to manager Neil
Gervinho’s brilliant volley gave Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over Togo in their African Cup of Nations Group D opener in Rustenburg.
Teams for the opening Group D match at the African Nations Cup finals between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Tuesday:
Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa.
Didier Drogba will lead a vastly experienced Ivory Coast squad in the African Cup of Nations finals.
Fabio Capello was denied a victory in his first game as Russia coach after a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast.
Round-up: PSG failed to close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier by conceding a last-gasp goal to draw 1-1 at bottom side AJ Auxerre.
Ivory Coast's 'golden generation' has stalled at the final hurdle one more - and this time the problem appears terminal.
Zambia won their first African Cup of Nations title as Ivory Coast lost a penalty shoot-out for the second time
Players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR and Wigan Athletic are represented in the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
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