Ivory Coast have not made it to World Cup 2022 after losing a vital qualification clash against Cameroon.

Wolves defender Willy Boly started the game, with his country needing just a draw to reach the final qualifying phase.

Instead Ivory Coast were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon and have been knocked out.

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They have not even made it to the final play-offs, with a goal by Karl Toko Ekambi after 21 minutes sealing their fate.

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The Ivory Coast made the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, but failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

It means Boly misses out on a second successive global showcase and has still not played a World Cup.


Boly has had a tough start to the season, still not playing a Premier League minute.

He recovered from a pre-season injury but has had to be patient as Bruno Lage has stuck with his first-choice back three.

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Cameroon go through to a final qualifying round where they will compete against another of the 10 group winners, with five countries qualifying for the tournament in Qatar.

Boly does have the chance to clinch international glory at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

But the Ivory Coast must recover from this body blow ahead of that continental tournament as their players will now not get a chance to play on the global stage this time around.

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