Côte d’Ivoire recall Zaha for Cup of Nations qualifiers

Wilfried Zaha has scored three Premier League goals thus far this season. (AFP pic)

ABIDJAN: In-form Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was recalled by Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against the Central African Republic.

The 25-year-old, capped twice by England before swapping allegiance to the Elephants, missed the win over Rwanda last month for “personal reasons”.

Zaha has scored three goals in six Premier League matches this season but has never netted in a competitive international.

Ivory Coast head coach Ibrahim Kamara also gave a first call-up to Chelsea academy goalkeeper Nicolas Tié and handed a return to Toulouse midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré.

Back-to-back wins against the Central African Republic would all but secure a spot at next year’s Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the Ivorians, who trail early Group H leaders Guinea by three points, with the top two to qualify.