Kalou starts for Ivory Coast in semifinal
Salomon Kalou was selected in Ivory Coast’s starting lineup for
Wednesday’s African Cup of Nations semifinal against Mali after
having struggled with a hamstring injury earlier in the
It is Kalou’s first start since Ivory Coast’s victory over
Burkina Faso in the group stage two weeks ago.
Ivorian coach Francois Zahoui picked Kalou alongside Chelsea
teammate Didier Drogba and Manchester City brothers Yaya and Kolo
Talismanic midfielder Seydou Keita was in Mali’s lineup after he
missed training on Tuesday with an ankle injury.
The winner of the second semifinal at Stade de l’Amitie will
play Zambia in Sunday’s final, after the southern Africans ousted
four-time champion Ghana in the last four earlier Wednesday.