Ivory Coast Official On Yaya's Exciting Return
Ivory Coast Official On Yaya Toure's Exciting Return
On Sunday, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) confirmed that Manchester City stalwart Yaya Toure will make a shock return to the national team after a three-year absence. Here is what one of the officials had to say about the midfielder's return to the fold.
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The 34-year-old, who retired from international football after leading his country to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations title, made himself available for selection again back in December, and has now been named in a 24-man squad to face Togo and Moldova in France.
"The federation had a good discussion with Yaya Toure about the two friendlies and he gave his commitment to be in France before his inclusion," a top FIF official told BBC Sport.
"It's also a big boost for the team ahead of important qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
"He loves his country and many people revere him for his contributions. We are just happy to have him back on the team again."
Toure made his international debut against Egypt in June 2004, and has gone on to win 102 caps for his country, scoring 19 goals along the way.
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