Cheick Tiote is in terrific form for Newcastle of late, and he’s approaching his best form in a Newcastle shirt since he signed in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente for a low £3.5M price tag.
Cheick Tiote – in top form for Newcastle United
And at least for Newcastle fans, there is good news today that he has been left out of the Ivory Coast squad for their second leg World Cup qualifying tie with Senegal, but the reason is that he’s suspended for that game.
Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi has just announced his 25-man squad for the game scheduled for November 16th in Casablanca (Morocco) – here’s looking at you, kid.
It’s Senegal’s home game, but they are not allowed to play it in Dakar, due to their fans rioting and setting fires in the stands during the second half of their African Cup of Nations second leg qualifier against Ivory Coast thirteen months ago.
The Elephants won the first leg 3-1, but were more dominant than that scoreline suggests, and it was a good injury time goal from Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse that gave Senegal some hope in the second leg.
Here’s the full Ivory Coast squad:
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren, Belgium), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Abdoul Karim Cisse (Africa Sports).
Defenders: Kolo Abib Toure (Liverpool, England), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes, France), Serge Aurier (Toulouse, France), Souleman Bamba (Trazbonspor, Turkey), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart, Germany), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpo (Toulouse, France), Didier Zokora (Trazbonspor, Turkey).
Midfielders: Jean-Jacques Gosso-Gosso (Glençlerbirligi SK, Turkey), Ismael Diomande (Saint-Etienne, France), Max-Alain Gradel (Saint-Etienne, France), Abdul Razack (Anzhi, Russia), Koffi Romaric Ndri (Bastia, France), Yaya Toure (Manchester City, England).
Forwards: Lacina Traore (Anzhi, Russia), Wilfried Bony (Swansae, England), Gervinho (AS Roma, Italy), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, Turkey), Salomon Kalou (Lille, France), Giovanni Sio (FC Bale, Switzerland), Mathis Bolly (Dusseldorf, Germany), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscou, Russia).