The Red Devils duo have been selected to help the West Africans’ quest in Tokyo later this month
Manchester United stars Amad Diallo, Eric Bailly and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie have been included in Ivory Coast’s 22-man squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Midfielder Kessie, Bailly and Sivasspor, Max Gradel, are the three players selected for the tournament too late, along with some home talents.
Haidara Soualiho announced his final team for the men’s soccer tournament on Friday and they will start their 10-day camp in Abidjan on Monday before leaving for Japan.
Ivory Coast has been linked in Group D against Brazil, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
The West Africans’ preparations for the competition were hit hard when their friendly match against France, which was initially planned for 8 July, was canceled.
However, Soualiho is optimistic about getting the 22 players to do their best when aiming for their first medal at the Olympics.
“I know what language I have to use in front of the players to make them surpass them, even though we did not prepare well,” he said. said.
The Elephants begin their Group D campaign against Saudi Arabia at the Yokohama International Stadium on July 22, before tackling Brazil three days later.
They conclude their group outings against Germany on 28 July.
Ira Tape Eliezer (FC San Pedro, Ivory Coast), Nagoli Oupoh Maxime (Sol FC, Ivory Coast), Tie Nicolas (Victoria Guimares, Portugal).
Kouao Koffi Franck (FC Vzela, PORTUGAL), Ouattara Zie (Victoria Guimares, Portugal), Singo Wilfried (Torino, Italy), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Dabila Kouadio Yves (Mouscron, Belgium), Diallo Chester (Ajaccio, France), Gnaka Silas (KAS Eupen, Belgium).
Eboue Christ (Genk, Belgium), Doumbia Idrissa (Sporting, Portugal), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy), Amad Diallo (Manchester United, England), Max Gradel (Sivasspor Turkey), Dao Youssouf (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic) .
Timite Cheick (Amiens, France), Kouame Christian (Fiorentina, Italy), Bayo Vakoun (Celtic Glasgow, Scotland), Keita Mory (Ursl Vise, Belgium), Keita Kader (Kvc Westerlo, Belgium), Doumbia Aboubakar Junior (Maccabi Nitanya, Israel).
As a result, Bailly and Diallo are now doubtful about Manchester United’s opening matches in the Premier League with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who would start the 2021-22 season with a home game against Leeds United on 14 August, followed by a trip to Southampton. week later.