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.