Two uncapped players in Ivory Coast squad

ABIDJAN, Nov 13 (Reuters) Uncapped duo Gervais Yao Kouassi and Constant Djakpa have been named in Ivory Coast's squad for international matches against Angola and Qatar in the next week, the Ivorian Football Federation said.

Kouassi, the Ivorian Olympic team captain, plays for Le Mans in France while Djakpa plays at Pandurii Targu-Jiu in Romania.

The Ivorians meet Angola at Melun in France on Saturday and then travel to Doha to play Qatar on November 21.

Coach Uli Stielike has recalled Gneri Yaya Toure from Barcelona, Siaka Tiene of St Etienne and the diminutive striker Bakary Kone, who all missed last month's 3-2 defeat in Austria.

Ivory Coast, runners up at the last African Nations Cup finals, are preparing for the 2008 tournament in Ghana in January.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Stephan Loboue (SpVgg Greuther Furth) Defenders: Guy Demel (Hamburg SV), Constant Djakpa (Pandurii Targu-Jiu), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal), Abdoulaye Meite (Bolton Wanderers), Kolo Toure (Arsenal) Midfielders: Emerse Fae (Reading), Christian Koffi Ndri (Le Mans), Siaka Tiene (St Etienne), Gneri Yaya Toure (Barcelona), Didier Zokora (Tottenham Hotspur) Forwards: Aruna Dindane (Racing Lens), Amara Diane (Paris St Germain), Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou (both Chelsea), Abdelkader Keita (Olympique Lyon), Arouna Kone (Sevilla), Bakary Kone (Nice), Gervais Yao Kouassi (Le Mans).


Story first published: Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 12:14 [IST]
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