Razak called up to Ivory Coast squad
- 10 August 2012 12:09
- Posted by Mark Booth
Rangy City midfielder Abdul Razak has been called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the first time.
The City midfielder has dual nationality, so could represent either the Elephants or England but it looks like he will opt for the African Cup of Nations runners-up after being called into the squad to face Russia in a friendly in Moscow on August 15.
Brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure join Abdul in the squad.
The Abidjan-born midfielder played a part in all of City’s domestic cup matches last term, featuring on four occasions for the Premier League champions.
Abdul joined Gus Poyet’s Brighton and Hove Albion on loan where he made six appearances, the last of which coming in May 2012.
Earlier last season the 19-year old had been on loan at Portsmouth where he gained vital experience, playing four times for the South Coast outfit.
Despite losing to Zambia in the African Cup of Nations final on penalties, Ivory Coast are still ranked as no.1 in Africa and 16th in the FIFA rankings.
Full Ivory Coast squad:
Goalkeepers: Kone Ibrahim (Boulogne, France), Gnanhouan Gerard (US Avranches, France), Yebouah Daniel (Dijon, France)
Defenders: Bamba Souleman (Trazbonspor, Turkey), Diarrassouba Ousmane ( Padurii, Romania), Eboue Emmanuel (Galatasaray, Turkey), Lolo Igor (FC Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Tiene Siaka (PSG, France), Toure Kolo Abib (Manchester City, England), Guy Demel (West Ham FC, England)
Midfielders: Abdul Razak (Manchester City, England), Gosso Gosse Jean-Jacques (Orduspor, Turkey), Max Gradel (AS St-Etienne, France), Ne Marco (FC Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), N’dri Koffi Romaric (Espanyol Barcelona, Spain), Tiote Cheik Ismael (Newcastle, England), Toure Yaya Gnegneri (Manchester City, England), Ya Konan Didier (Hannover 96, Germany), Zokora Didier (Trazbonspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Bony Wilfried (Vitesse Arhnem, Netherlands), Drogba Didier (Shanghai Shenhua FC, China), Keita Kader (Al Sadd, Qatar), Traore Lacina (Anzhi Makhachkala, Russia), Yao Kouassi Gervais (Arsenal, England)