- Jean-Louis Gasset has included Simon Adingra in Côte D’Ivoire’s 27-man squad for the 2023
- The forward has squashed reports his club is preventing him from attending the AFCON
- The forward is doing his best to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up while on duty with Brighton and Hove Albion
Simon Adingra has defended Brighton and re-emphasized his desire to play for his country during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as speculations about his club preventing him from attending the tournament on home soil grows.
Adingra picked up a hamstring problem while on duty for his club last week but he was included in his country’s AFCON squad for the tournament despite reports he will be on the sidelines for four weeks.
The 21-year-old has been in fine form for the Seagulls this season, with five goals and three assists across all competitions, including four goals in the Premier League thus explaining Jean Louis Gasset’s desire to have him on board.
“Rumors of Brighton holding me back from AFCON are completely false. I could not be more motivated than I am to represent my nation and make my people proud”.
“To play in the AFCON on home soil with the Ivory Coast would be a dream come true. I cannot put into words the pride it would give me to take to the field in front of my nation,” Adingra, who has four caps for the Elephants said before providing some optimistic updates.
“I am working extremely hard every single day to recover from my injury, make no mistake that I will do everything in my power to be ready to help my country go all the way”.
“I appreciate the strong support from the Ivorian Federation, from Brighton and from all my fans, happy new year, May 2024 be even better.”
Two-time winners, Cote d’Ivoire, are keen on winning their third AFCON title, and they have been drawn in Group A alongside West African neighbours Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau, as well as Equatorial Guinea.
They will get their campaign underway with the opening match of the tournament against the Djurtus of Guinea , before taking on the Super Eagles of Nigeria on matchday two and Equatorial Guinea in the final group game.
The 34th edition of the continental soccer frenzy will run from January 13 to February 11, 2024 and it remains to be seen if Adingra will be involved or not.
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