Turkey, Ivory Coast face first match in a friendly

This is also Turkey's first match with an African team since 2006.

Turkey, Ivory Coast face first match in a friendly

National soccer teams of Turkey and Ivory Coast will face in a friendly in Izmir on Wednesday which is their first encounter in history.

This is also Turkey's first match with an African team since 2006.

Turkey will host Ivorians ahead of 2010 World Cup group matches with group leader Spain.

Ivory Coast will be Turkey's first opponent this year. The match will take place in the Aegean city of Izmir's Ataturk Stadium at 8:30 p.m. Romania's Sorin Corpodean will referee Wednesday's match.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will appear for the first time over the past one year with Ivorians after having injury problems.

Ivory Coast coach Vahid Halilhodzic, former coach of Turkey's Trabzonspor, also named Arsenal's Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora in the squad.

Turkey coach Fatih Terim named his squad as goalkeepers Ufuk Ceylan (Manisaspor) and Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce); defenders Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce), Sabri Sarioglu, Servet Cetin (Galatasaray), Ibrahim Kas (Getafe), Eren Gungor (Kayserispor), Gokhan Zan (Besiktas), Caner Erkin (CSKA Moscow); midfielders Hamit Altintop (Bayern Münich), Kazim Kazim, Emre Belozoglu (Fenerbahce), Ayhan Akman, Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Mehmet Aurelio (Real Betis), Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), Tuncay Sanlı (Middlesbrough); and strikers Halil Altintop (Schalke 04), Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), Gokhan Unal (Trabzonspor), Mehmet Yildiz (Sivasspor).

Turkey will face Spain, defending European champions, in an away match on March 28 and and in a return match on April 1. Spain are the leaders in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 5 with 12 points. Turkey follow Spain with 8 points after four group matches.


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