Ivory Coast national under-23 football team

The Ivorian national under-23 football team represents Ivory Coast in international under-23 tournaments.

Ivory Coast U-23
Nickname(s)Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
AssociationIvorian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)

Nicknamed Les Petit Éléphants (The Small Elephants" in English), the under-23 national team's first appearance on the world stage was in 2003 at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship; they reached Round of 16 before being ousted by the United States.

Honours

Les Petit Éléphants at the Toulon Tournament

The Toulon Tournament (officially the Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon or "Toulon Hopefuls' Tournament")is a football tournament which traditionally features invited national teams composed of under-21 players.

This was only Ivory Coast's 2nd appearance and they still performed well. The results are below.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 330082+69
 Ivory Coast 320162+46
 Colombia 310234–13
 Japan 3003110–90

All times local (CEST)

Ivory Coast 3 – 0 Japan
Boli  2'
Déblé  26' (pen.)
Sagbo  65'
Report
Referee: Thomas Vejlgaard (Denmark)

France 2 – 0 Colombia
Schneiderlin  33'
Kitambala  44'
Report

Colombia 0 – 2 Ivory Coast
Report Goua Gohou  62', 66'
Referee: Khamis Al-Mari (Qatar)

France 4 – 1 Japan
Bourgeois  6'
Gueye  33' (pen.)
Butin  70'
Brahimi  72'
Report Suganuma  17'
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

Japan 0 – 3 Colombia
Report Calle  13'
Cardona  33'
Muriel  35'
Le Grand Stade, Le Lavandou
Referee: Thomas Vejlgaard (Denmark)

Ivory Coast 1 – 2 France
Saré  54' Report Nestor  46'
Dossevi  60'
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

Semifinals

Chile 0 – 2 Ivory Coast
Report Sagbo  65'
Déblé  80+3'

France 2 – 3 Denmark
Butin  29'
Kitambala  68'
Report Koné  24' (o.g.)
Bille  48', 73'
Referee: Abdel Ismail (Jordan)

Final

Ivory Coast 3 – 2 Denmark
Ouedraogo  19'
Gohou  39'
Sio  74'
Report Nielsen  46'
Mortensen  80'
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Ivory Coast- qualified for the 2008 Olympics. This African team representing Africa at the 2006 FIFA World Championships in Germany. It is one of the best teams in Africa. "We are one of the few African countries to have an organized youth league. Great players have always come out of the Ivory Coast; I'm thinking of Laurent Pokou in the 1970s; and Youssou Fofana in the 1980s. But now the footballing infrastructure is much better and so many youngsters are getting the right coaching", said Henri Michel (former coach of the Côte d'Ivoire national soccer team). Ivory Coast won the African Cup of Nations in 1992. Ivory Coast went far in the 2008 Olympics but stumbled at the last hurdle by losing to Nigeria 2-0 in quarter finals.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 330051+49
 Ivory Coast 320164+26
 Australia 301213−21
 Serbia 301237−41
Ivory Coast 1 – 2 Argentina
Cissé  53' (Report) Messi  43'
Acosta  86'
Attendance: 43,266

Serbia 2 – 4 Ivory Coast
Mrdaković  16'
Rakić  90'
(Report) Cissé  3'
Rajković  24' (o.g.)
Kalou  70'
Gervinho  90+3'
Attendance: 38,320
Referee: Roberto Moreno Salazar (Panama)

Ivory Coast 1 – 0 Australia
Kalou  81' (Report)

Quarterfinals

Nigeria 2 – 0 Ivory Coast
Odemwingie  44'
Obinna  82' (pen.)
(Report)

Current squad

 Ivory Coast

Squad from 2011 CAF U-23 Championship.

Coach: Alain Gouaméné

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club

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1 1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05)December 5, 1989 (aged 21) US Boulogne
2 2DF Mahan Marc Goua (1989-11-02)November 2, 1989 (aged 22) Séwé Sports de San Pedro
3 2DF Konan Ruffin Ngouan (1990-05-15)May 15, 1990 (aged 21) Africa Sports National
4 2DF Troh César Hougnonhon (1990-09-13)September 13, 1990 (aged 21) East Riffa Club
5 2DF Didier Kadio (1990-04-05)April 5, 1990 (aged 21) Shirak FC
6 3MF Yacoub Meité (1990-02-10)February 10, 1990 (aged 21) Tours FC
7 2DF Konan Joel Kouadio (1993-10-20)October 20, 1993 (aged 18) AFAD
8 3MF Laglais Xavier Kouassi (1989-12-28)December 28, 1989 (aged 21) Servette FC
9 3MF Moussa Koné (1990-02-12)February 12, 1990 (aged 21) Delfino Pescara 1936
10 4FW Serge Deble (1989-10-01)October 1, 1989 (aged 22) 6 1 Shirak FC
11 4FW Lacina Traoré (1990-05-20)May 20, 1990 (aged 21) FC Kuban Krasnodar
12 4FW Wakalible Júnior Lago (1990-12-31)December 31, 1990 (aged 20) CD Numancia
13 2DF Aubin Kouakou (1991-06-01)June 1, 1991 (aged 20) Stade Tunisien
14 3MF Jean Michael Seri (1991-07-19)July 19, 1991 (aged 20) ASEC Mimosas
15 4FW Krahire Yannick Zakri (1991-03-26)March 26, 1991 (aged 20) AFAD
16 1GK Gnagnélé Clovis Tahourou (1989-12-25)December 25, 1989 (aged 21) AFAD
17 4FW Georges Griffiths (1990-02-24)February 24, 1990 (aged 21) Lombard-Pápa TFC
18 4FW Vamouti Diomande (1991-01-20)January 20, 1991 (aged 20) Hønefoss BK
19 3MF Kouassi Martial Yao (1989-10-04)October 4, 1989 (aged 22) Stade Tunisien
20 4FW Bossé Kévin Beugre (1992-08-23)August 23, 1992 (aged 19) Hønefoss BK
21 1GK Ousmane Gnada (1990-03-24)March 24, 1990 (aged 21) AFAD
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