Zaha named to Ivory Coast squad for Africa Cup of Nations

Zaha named to Ivory Coast squad for Africa Cup of Nations

Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has been called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next month.

Coach Patrice Baumel decided not to call up Zaha for the World Cup qualifiers in November, saying it was because of the 29-year-old’s decision.

Zaha responded to Baumel’s comments at the time that his participation with Ivory Coast was “not at all guaranteed”.

Zaha has scored five goals in 16 matches for Palace in the Premier League this season.

Ivory Coast, who won the title in 1992 and 2015, play in Group E alongside defending champion Algeria, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.

The tournament begins on the ninth of January.

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