Kipré called up by Ivory Coast

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cédric Kipré has been called up to the Ivory Coast squad for their forthcoming matches against Togo and Moldova.

Although born in Paris, 21-year old Kipré qualifies for Les Éléphants through both his mother and father, who were born in the Ivory Coast.

The former PSG and Leicester defender has been sensational in claret and amber since his arrival in the summer, playing 40 matches in Scotland to date.

Kipré will join the likes of Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie in Kamara Ibrahim’s squad.

A late addition to the squad, the centre back is also in contention for an appearance with the squad’s Under 23s, who are taking part in the same training camp in France and will play games against Togo and club side Beauvais.

Speaking of his first call-up to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations champions, Kipré said: “Obviously I am very proud.

“I heard a few months ago of the possibility. Then a few days ago, I met Kolo Toure and he told me he would call me soon, and then he called me yesterday.

“I feel I’ve made my parents proud. My mum called me last night and was really, really happy. I will play for Ivory Coast for my parents because both of them are from there, so obviously they are very proud.

“Last year I wasn’t playing professional football. This year, I am playing every game, so it is a bit of a new world for me.”

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