Marc Wilmots names his first squad

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The new coach of Cote D’Ivoire’s Elephants, Marc Wilmots, on Friday named his first squad since getting the job in March.

The Elephants face the Netherlands in a friendly on June 4 and Guinea in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier five days later.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou is included on the 27-man list as he continues with his international career.

Kalou had considered ending his international career after the defending champions crashed out of this year’s AFCON in Gabon.

He had said in January that the tournament would be his last Nations Cup but he was thinking of playing on with the Elephants until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The former Belgium coach also included long-term absentee Seydou Doumbia on the list.

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