Hope for Kenya as Ivory Coast dangerman remains doubtful for Tuesday's match

Sebastien Haller.

Hope for Kenya as Ivory Coast dangerman remains doubtful for Tuesday's match

Mark Kinyanjui 12:00 - 11.06.2024

Sebastien Haller is a big doubt for Ivory Coast's match against Kenya after failing to take part in the side's last training session.

Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller might not play a part in Ivory Coast’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Malawi on Tuesday afternoon.

Haller failed missed the last training session which was held at the Bingu Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The former West Ham United pointman, who recently helped Dortmund make a first Champions League final in 11 years, was substituted in the 66th minute of their win over Gabon last week after picking up a knock.

“We have two players who were feeling a bit tired but they should be okay for tomorrow. We have one more who can’t train today, but we will look at him in the morning and then decide,” coach Emerse Fae said, speaking after their last session on Monday.

The former Ajax striker has emerged as a central figure for the Ivorian team and was more vital for Fae as he miraculously led them to the Cup of Nations.

He scored the winning goal against Nigeria in the final of the AFCON in February. Despite suffering a heartbreak at Wembley Stadium nearly a fortnight ago, Fae believes the loss has only made the talismanic striker even more determined to make amends next time.

“It is always difficult to lose a final. They played well and it was difficult for him that they lost that way,” noted his coach Fae.

“But, this is football. He came in with a lot of confidence and a lot of motivation. It helped him to change the environment coming in to the national team immediately after the loss."

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