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Cisse wants Ivory Coast to draw on spirit of 2016 after CHAN defeat

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Abdoul Karim Cisse believes that the Elephants can turn round their African Nations Championship campaign despite a shock opening defeat by Namibia, having also bounced back from adversity in the 2016 event.

Two years ago, Cisse was part of an Elephants squad that were defeated 1-0 by hosts Rwanda in their tournament opener, but went onto top Group A after consecutive victories over Morocco and Gabon.

They ultimately finished third after beating Cameroon in the quarter finals...

Charles Hambira heads home as Namibia stun Ivory Coast

Namibia began their African Nations Championship campaign with a first competitive victory over the Ivory Coast when Charles Hambira headed home a stoppage-time winner.

Hambira's leap and pinpoint header was the last effort of the game, as the centre-back jumped to meet a Riaan Hanamub free kick to divert the ball past the sprawling Zadi Hortalin Ble in the 92nd minuted.

A draw would have been a fine achievement for a Namibian side competing at the CHAN for the first time, as Ricardo Mannetti's...

Africa's biggest footballing disappointments of 2017

2017 was a memorable year in the African game, with Cameroon ending their considerable wait for a continental crown, and Issa Hayatou's long tenure as CAF chief coming to an end.

Ahmad Ahmad took the reins of the African game's governing body, while the likes of Mohamed Salah, Thomas Partey and Hakim Ziyech have seen their stock climb after fine campaigns.

However, it hasn't been a year of undiluted success and achievement, with many elements of the continent's game flattering to deceive.

In this...

 By PA Sport

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure ends international retirement

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Yaya Toure has reversed his international retirement and hopes to win another trophy with Ivory Coast, according to his agent.

Dimitri Seluk tweeted on Tuesday that the 34-year-old was ready to return to international action, having last played for his country in September 2016.

"Yaya @YayaToure has decided to return to Ivory Coast national team. He wants to win another trophy with the Elephants of Ivory Coast," Seluk wrote.

Toure, who has over 100 caps, was part of the team which won the 2015 African...

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Ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue in financial ruin

Emmanuel Eboue during a Sunderland training session.
Emmanuel Eboue played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2011.

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has told the Mirror he is financially ruined and is battling with suicidal thoughts.

Eboue, 34, has not played football since seeing his Sunderland contract cancelled after being hit with a year-long FIFA ban in March 2016 over a contractual dispute with a former agent.

The former Ivory Coast international said he is still living in the home he shared with his ex-wife Aurelie in North London before a divorce battle that saw her awarded all of their assets.

He...