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PSG's Serge Aurier ignoring speculation of transfer to Barcelona

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Serge Aurier says he is not focused on his club future while playing with Ivory Coast.

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier says he is not paying attention to transfer rumours linking him with Barcelona and is currently focused on the African Nations Cup in Gabon.

The Ivory Coast international played the full 90 minutes as Les Elephants drew 0-0 with Togo in their opening match on Monday and speaking with Foot Mercato, the 24-year-old confessed he has not attached much importance to recent transfer links

"Honestly, I do not pay much attention to that," Aurier said of recent...

 By Nick Ames

Defending champions Ivory Coast stutter vs. Togo, Emmanuel Adebayor

Wilfried Zaha is now cap-tied after starting for Ivory Coast.
Wilfried Zaha showed flashes of quality but it wouldn't be enough for the Ivory Coast to defeat Togo.

OYEM, Gabon -- Three points from a surprising 0-0 draw for the Ivory Coast as they begin their African Nations Cup defence...

1. Ivory Coast begin title defence with a stutter

All in all, Ivory Coast stuttered on a night that did little to suggest they will have a straightforward run to a second successive Africa Cup of Nations title. Unfancied Togo deserved their goalless draw and increased their own chances of progressing from Group B; this result was hardly a disaster for the Elephants, but...

Ivory Coast open title defence with goalless draw against Togo

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Ivory Coast's defence of the African Nations Cup kicked off with a turgid goalless draw with Togo in Group C on Monday evening in Gabon.

The two-time champions, who lifted the trophy in 2015 following a penalty shootout against Ghana, were unable to find any fluency as they were held to a stalemate.

The Elephants made heavy work of qualifying for the tournament, and carried their form into the first game in a lethargic performance as both sides settled for a point.

They had opportunities to cut loose...

 By Nick Ames

Ivory Coast start African Nations Cup defence expecting win over Togo

ESPN FC's Colin Udoh previews the African Cup of Nations and explains why he supports a 48-team World Cup.

Two years ago, when goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the penalty that won Ivory Coast a first African Nations Cup since 1992, there was barely a dry eye among those who understood exactly what it meant. This was the crowning moment for the remains of a vaunted "golden generation" whose powers were on the verge of expiry and a barely conceivable triumph for Barry, the veteran who had often been viewed as a weak link in the Elephants' attempts to be a world power.

If that was the last roar of a group...