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Copa Barry and Kolo Toure to play final games for Ivory Coast

Copa Barry and Kolo Toure to play final games for Ivory Coast
Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry and defender Kolo Toure will mark the end of their Ivory Coast careers in this week’s friendly matches.

kolo-copaBoth players retired from international duty after helping the Elephants win the Africa Cup of Nations this year. But they are in the squad to face Angola in Abidjan on Thursday and away to Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

It means Barry and Toure can say farewell in front of their own fans at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium.

Barry was the star of the penalty shootout victory in last month’s Nations Cup final and Toure also had a fine game in central defence. The pair were given honorary places in a 28-man selection that includes all of the winning from the tournament as Ivory Coast uses the games to celebrate its success.

That means Manchester City pair Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony and Roma star Gervinho will also travel for the friendlies.

 

Boubacar Copa Barry deserve a hero farewell as he retire with the Elephants

Copa Barry, carried in triumph by Wilfried Bony after the hero of the Ivory Coast to Ghana
Copa Barry, carried in triumph by Wilfried Bony after the hero of the Ivory Coast to Ghana (Credit: AFP)

Ivory Coast keeper Copa Barry will win his 100th cap for his country when the Elephants host Angola in a friendly in Abidjan on Thursday, during the next FIFA window.

The 35-year-old, who announced his international retirement in the aftermath of Ivory Coast’s triumph at the

Barry's goal of glory that got Ivory Coast the victory at the African Cup of Nations 2015 (Credit: AFP)
Barry’s goal of glory that got Ivory Coast the victory at the African Cup of Nations 2015 (Credit: AFP)

Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea 2015, had gone from zero to hero at the continental showpiece.

Dropped by national coach Hervé Renard in favour of Sylvain Gbohouo during the Elephants’ qualifying campaign, Copa came into the competition as second-choice keeper to the former Séwé Sport’s shot stopper.

Barry in 2012
Barry in 2012 (Credit: AFP)

But Gbohouo’s injury in the semi-finals against DR Congo allowed the Lokeren player to regain his place between the posts for the big game against Ghana.

And after saving his Ghanaian counterpart’s attempt in a dramatic penalty shootout, Copa fired the winner past Brimah Razak to secure the Ivoirians’ hands on continental glory.

The former ASEC Mimosas development player will become the sixth Côte d’Ivoire international to be handed the ‘No. 100’ shirt, after Didier Zokora, Didier Drogba, Siaka Tiéné and the Touré brothers.

Copa Barry saving a penalty in the African Cup of Nations victory against Ghana
Copa Barry saving a penalty in the African Cup of Nations victory against Ghana (Credit: AFP)

 

oalkeeper Boubacar Barry and defender Kolo Toure will mark the end of their Ivory Coast careers in this week’s friendly matches. Both players retired from international duty after helping the Elephants win the Africa Cup of Nations this year. But they are in the squad to face Angola in Abidjan…

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