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Gnagnon refuses to close door on France

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 By John Duerden

African icons Didier Zokora and Michael Essien face off in Indonesia

Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the success of Peter Odemwingie, Michael Essien and Didier Zokora in Indonesia's top flight.
Jason Dasey and Brad Maloney discuss the arrival of Michael Essien and Carlton Cole to Indonesian side, Persib Bandung.
TCL presents the story of Indonesian footballer Martunis, who after the 2004 Tsunami was offered the chance to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and train with Sporting Lisbon.

They have met in Wembley cup finals, the Premier League and the African Cup of Nations. But on Saturday night, two legends of the African game, Didier Zokora, of Ivory Coast, and Michael Essien, of Ghana, will renew an old rivalry in Indonesia.

Essien and his unbeaten Persib Bandung team travel from their base in Java to Semen Padang in Sumatra for a clash that will feature two of the biggest stars -- both recently arrived -- of Southeast Asian football.

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Former Chelsea favourite Essien has tended...

Ivorian defender Joris Gnagnon refuses to close door on France

Joris Gnagnon has spoken out against reports that he has confirmed that he has committed his international future to Ivory Coast, but acknowledged that he is dreaming of representing the Elephants at the World Cup.

On Monday, KweséESPN reported that 20-year-old Gnagnon had refused a call-up to the France U-20 side for the upcoming Youth World Cup in South Korea after deciding that he wants to commit to join Marc Wilmots' Ivorians.

However, in an interview with 20 Minutes, the centre-back has...

Joris Gnagnon latest to join Ivory Coast recruitment drive

Stade Rennais defender Joris Gnagnon has opted to commit his international future to Ivory Coast, according to reports in France, and has spurned an invitation to join the French U-20 team.

The Elephants, African champions in 2015, have undertaken a significant recruitment drive in recent months following Marc Wilmots' appointment as national team boss on March 21.

The former Belgium manager replaced Michel Dussuyer following the West Africans' miserable title defence at the 2017 Nations Cup, and...

Chelsea wonderkid Jeremie Boga commits to Ivory Coast

The Ivorian Football Federation have confirmed that Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga and FC Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin have committed their international futures to the Elephants.

New coach Marc Wilmots is overseeing something of a recruitment drive since being appointed on March 21 as a replacement for Michel Dussuyer following the West Africans' miserable Nations Cup campaign.

Despite being tipped among the favourites for the continental showpiece in Gabon, the reigning champions fell at...

Serge Aurier: Cote d'Ivoire & Paris Saint-Germain star rejects bad boy tag

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Serge Aurier

Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier insists that his bad boy reputation is unfair and believes that his image has been tarnished by people who want to bring him down.

A series of unsavoury incidents on and off the pitch have led to Cote d'Ivoire full-back Aurier being considered among the more controversial African players in the game today, but the wideman believes that he is mentally strong enough to deal with whatever comes his way.

"I'm someone who is very strong mentally," the defender...