The coach named his provisional World Cup team on Tuesday after several speculations and high expectations among Ivorians.
A few surprises were 23-year-old Bolly Mathis who plays for second tier German side, Fortuna Dusseldorf and got a call up to join team while Emmanuel Eboue and Tiene Siaka who were missing from the provisional squad.
Captain Didier Drogba is however featured in the team. According to reliable information gathered by 233 Live News, Coach Sabri Lamouchi might introduce two more players to the team before pruning down to 23 to feature in the World Cup.
Barry Boubacar (Lokeren, Belgium), Gbohouo Sylvain (Sewe Sport, Côte d’Ivoire),
Mande Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway), Sangare Badra Ali (Asec Mimosas)
Defenders: Akpa Akpro (Valencienne, France), Aurier Serge (Toulouse, France),
Boka Arthur (Stuttgart, Germany), Diarrassouba Viera (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey),
Dja Djedje Brice (Marseille, France), Toure Kolo Abib (Liverpool, England),
Zokora Didier (Free agent), Bamba Suleiman (Tranzonspor), Angoua Brou Benjamin (Valenciennes)
Midfielders: Serey Die Geoffroy (Bale, Switzerland), Diomande Ismael (Saint-Etienne, France),
Tiote Cheick Ismael (Newcastle, England), Touré Yaya (Manchester City, England),
Ya Konan Didier (Hanova), Djakpa Constant (Frankfort), Gradel Max-Alain (Saint-Etienne, France)
Forwards: Bolly Mathis (Dusseldorf, Germany), Bony Wilfried (Swansea, England),
Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, Turkey), Doumbia Seydou (CSKA Moscou, Russia),
Salomon Kalou (Lille, France), Sio Giovanni (Bale, Switzerland), Gervinho (AS Roma, Italy), Troare Lacina (Everton)
The Elephants of Ivory Coast will play two friendlies against Bosnia and El Salvador in US between May 20 and June.
Ivory Coast share the same group with Colombia, Greece, and Japan in Group C.
Cote d’Ivoire provisional squad for Brazil: