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COTE'D IVOIRE NAMES TOURE AS ASSISTANT COACH

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The former Liverpool defender has been welcomed back by his brother Yaya having made over a century of appearances for his country.
Kolo Toure has returned to the international fold after being confirmed as Ivory Coast's new assistant manager.
The 36-year-old, who played for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool over his career, retired from playing in the summer and is now part of the backroom staff at his last club Celtic.
Toure claimed over a century of caps for Ivory Coast and announced his retirement from international duty back in February 2015.
The Ivorian Footall Federation have now confirmed he is back in the international set-up, however, with Toure to begin his role of assisting Marc Wilmots with immediate effect.
A statement read: "He will take on the role of coach Marc Wilmots' assistant from the Mali-Cote d'Ivoire match of October 6, 2017."
Toure's brother Yaya also expressed his delight at the news, posting the following on social media…

THREE AFRICAN GIANTS ON THE BRINK OF WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION

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Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia could all book their spots at next year's World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend but the other two slots will only be decided next month. A home victory over Zambia – a side they beat away at the start of the group phase – will be enough to see Nigeria return to the finals after reaching the second round in Brazil in 2014. Last month's convincing 4-0 win over Cameroon, inspired by the return of Victor Moses to the team, saw them eliminate the reigning African champions and establish a three point advantage, with two games to play, at the head of Group B.
"We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position," captain John Obi Mikel said in the build-up to the match in Uyo.
Zambia's young side upset Algeria away in their last game to stay in the race and give themselves hopes of an unlikely turnaround after picking up a solitary point f…

Who will be the next Bbc african player of the year , voting ends Nov 28

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Leicester City and Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez and Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lead the five-man shortlist for this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

Yaya Toure Announces Retirement From International Football

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Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has announced his retirement from international football after 113 games for the Ivory Coast.

Yaya toure bemoans lack of recognition

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has launched an astonishing attack on his critics in both England and his homeland, saying he is not happy with the lack of credit he receives for his achievements on the pitch.
The 32-year-old Ivory Coast captain joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup since his arrival.
He has, however, looked below his best so far this season despite the Blues’ – who have a two-point lead at the top of the table – impressive start.
Toure was replaced by Fernando at half-time of Saturday's 5-1 victory over Bournemouth and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions of unrest and disillusionment.
And although Toure admits he is unhappy with life in football, he claims it is because he has never been given the plaudits he feels he deserves, particularly from the English media.
"Everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but…
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