If Florent Ibenge Ikwange published last Friday the list of 31 Leopards pre-selected for Can Gabon 2017, his opponents of chickens Hervé Renard of the Lions of the Atlas of Morocco, Claude Le Roy of the Sharks of Togo and Michel Dussuyer of the Elephants of The Ivory Coast do not cross the arms. They also made public the lists of their players summoned. A pre-selection that sets the scenery of the teams that the Leopards will have to overcome before claiming a place in quarterfinals.
All in all, Hervé Renard has set his sights on a young and inexperienced selection in African competitions. Only seven of the 26 players have ever participated in a CAN. Moreover, the selection remains dominated by the players playing abroad. Only three are from the national championship: Amine Attouchi, Ismail Haddad (WAC), and Mohamed Nahiri (FUS). This is an expanded list of 26 players that will be reduced to 23 players for the trip to Oyem where the Group C matches will take place. Herve Renard has chosen the United Arab Emirates for a ten-day blocked training course. The choice of this place, it is said, has aroused many questions among Moroccans, as well as the choice of two opponents for friendly matches: Iran and Finland. Hervé Renard argued by invoking the “excellent conditions, calm and infrastructure at the top”. Regarding friendly matches, the coach said: “If I have chosen teams away from Africa, it is because the African teams that will meet like us in the UAE could be our potential opponents during the CAN. We must not give more indications to our opponents. ” Hervé Renard’s challenge is first of all the quarter-finals that the Atlas Lions have not reached for 12 years.
Unlike Hervé Renard, Claude Le Roy used a homogeneous team that includes some executives. The case of the dean Emmanuel Adebayor although without club, Agassa Kossi, Romao Jacques Alaixys and others Matthieu Dossevi. On this list there is a big surprise. A player from the second division of Togo, Victor Nukafu is part of this list of 25 players; Also, the return of defender of Rivers United (Nigeria), Yaovi Douhadji Joseph. For his part, Michel Dussuyer publishes his list tomorrow Wednesday 28 December. Wilfried Bony and Max Gradel at one month of the CAN, and Bailly Eric’s reassured state of health, have already learned that the surprise will come from Wilfried Zaha, which will be one of the attractions The CAN in Gabon, where Côte d’Ivoire will have to defend its title acquired in 2015, in Equatorial Guinea.