Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha puts his hands to his ears during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.

 

 

The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.

However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

"The Elephants" trail Morocco by two points in Group C with just the group winners assured of making the finals in Russia.

 

 

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has also recalled Gervinho, Max-Alain Gradel and Seydou Doumbia after being sidelined by injury.

However, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss the game through suspension.

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