Wilfried Zaha Switches Allegiance To Represent Ivory Coast At 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

Wilfried Zaha Switches Allegiance To Represent Ivory Coast At 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations
Nov 28, 2016

by Crystal Palace News

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has given up hopes on being recalled to the England squad by switching allegiance to represent Ivory Coast at the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He was capped twice by England, but was still eligible for the switch as he had not represented England in a competitive match.

The Palace winger was born in Abidjan but moved to London at the age of four before enrolling in the Crystal Palace academy eight years later. His high profile move to Old Trafford did not work out and he was among the “casualties” of the carnage following the disastrous David Moyes regime, eventually returning to Palace where he has re-established himself as a key member of the first team.

The news comes as a significant boost for Ivory Coast manager Michel Dussuyer, with many of the Ivory Coast golden generation already on the wrong side of thirty.

Eagles boss Alan Pardew will on the other hand face a potential new problem, as he will now have to find a way to reduce the impact of Zaha’s likely absence in January. Zaha is set to miss home games against Everton and Sunderland and a trip to Bournemouth, should the Ivory Coast advance to the final of the competition. Palace are currently on a terrible run of form and find themselves languishing just outside the relegation zone on goal difference, after their shock 5-4 loss to Swansea.

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