Boly and Haller receive maiden Ivory Coast call ups

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West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller and Wolverhampton Wanderers centre back Willy Boly have both received their maiden national team call ups to represent Ivory Coast after recently declaring allegiance to the West African nation.
Both players were born in France to Ivorian parents and after years of not playing senior international football both players have now committed their international futures. 

Boly has been a revelation for Wolves since joining them from FC Porto in 2017 while Haller came to the picture while playing for Dutch club FC Utrecht between 2015 and 2017.

Haller earned his move to the English Premier League after a dominant season with German side Eintracht Frankfurt. While playing in the German Bundesliga the 26-year-old striker won the German Cup and in the 2018/19 season he scored 15 goals in 29 appearances for Frankfurt.

In the English Premier League, the forward has not hit the ground running having scored only 8 league goals in 36 so far.

Ivory Coast have named a strong squad to face Madagascar in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers double header this month.  

The Elephants will be looking to bounce back from their humiliating defeat to Ethiopia in match day 2 of the qualifiers.

Madagascar lead the group after two convincing victories against Niger and Ethiopia, the winner of the two games will come out of the international break on top of the group. 

Here are some of the noticeable inclusions in the squad

Franck Kessie – AC Milan 

Maxwel Cornet – Olympique Lyon  

Habib Maiga – FC Metz 

Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal 

Max Gradel – Sivasspor 

Gervinho – Parma 

Wilfred Zaha – Crystal Palace 

Christian Kouame – Fiorentina  

Simon Deli – Club Brugge  

Sinaly Diamonde – Olympique Lyon 

Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur

The first leg will be in Ivory Coast on the 12th of November while the return leg will be away in Madagascar on the 17th of November.

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