ERIC BAILY: DROGBA CONVINCED ME TO SIGN FOR UNITED

Manchester United defender Eric Baily has revealed that it was the former captain of his national team, Didier Drogba, that convinced him to make the move to Old Trafford.

The young Ivory Coast international told The Times that Drogba played a big role in ensuring he moved to Manchester United. The Red Devils new boy was the first signing of Jose Mourinho as he took over the helms at the English Premier League giant.

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GERVINHO SAYS HIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE AT ALL WORLD CUP TOURNAMENTS

Former Arsenal player Gervinho says the Ivory Coast national team are supposed to be in every World Cup tournament in an interview he granted to FIFA.com.

The player, who plies his trade currently in China, said the club had done everything to help him settle at the club and it was showing in his performance. He added that he was already familiar with the city of Qinhuandao since he played in the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament there.

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MANCHESTER UNITED ANNOUNCES THE TRANSFER OF IVORY COAST INTERNATIONAL ERIC BAILLY

English Premier League giants Manchester United has confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly from Villarreal CF.

The 22-year-old central defender played 25 times for Villarreal in La Liga last season, aside seven Europa League appearances. The player joined The Red Devils on a four year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.

Ivory Coast seeks Improvement in their Performance

Ivory Coast know that they will have to come up with a much better performance than in the reverse leg against Sudan in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

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Ivory Coast managed a third-place finish in the 2016

Ivory Coast managed a third-place finish in the 2016 African nations Championship after managing to defeat Guinea 2-1 thanks to an own goal fromYoula and a fine effort from Badié.

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Yaya Toure returns to Ivory Coast after an absence of 10 months

For some time now, it was believed that Yaya Toure was on the verge of ending his international career and just focus on winning titles with Manchester City.

Yaya Toure along with Sergio Aguero are a few of the key players of the Premier League club and the English league is as competitive as it has ever been but despite this, Toure is eager on making a return to his national side after being absent for more than 9 months.

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Michel Dussuyer is unlikely to be without a couple of star names

Ivory Coast manager Michel Dussuyer is unlikely to be without a couple of star names for the opening few rounds of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

DUSSUYER TAKES OVER

Ivory Coast brought in Michel Dussuyer as the replacement for Herve Renard a few weeks ago. The national team is at a crossroad after this managerial change, but the Frenchman says that he has come to this job in order to win trophies.

Ivory Coast are regarded as one of the strongest African teams around. For years, they were regarded as favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations title. The long wait for this trophy recently came to an end with the likes of Yaya Touré contributing immensely in the victory in 2015.

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GHANA MISSED APPIAH

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho believes that the absence of Stephen Appiah was a major contributing factor in the national team’s disappointing showing at the World Cup 2014.

The former Ghana captain was recently a guest for the Speaker to witness a friendly match.

Regarded as one of finest players for Ghana over the last decade, Stephen Appiah was the captain of the national team during the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup. Ghana performed exceedingly well in these tournaments and Adjaho says that it was largely down to the leadership skills of Appiah.

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FBI TAKES ON FIFA

The FBI has been investing heavily into the world football governing body, FIFA, over allegations of corruption primarily relating to the award of the World Cups. Since Sepp Blatter took charge of FIFA in 1998, the World Cup has been held in Europe only once – in 2006.

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