Date: 17th November 2016 at 6:39pm
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Defender Sol Bamba has confirmed that he won’t be making a trip to the African Cup of Nations this January, as he promised to remain at Cardiff City when joining us the other week under new manager Neil Warnock.

Speaking to Wales Online this week as we build towards the Championship clash this weekend against Huddersfield Town, Bamba explained that whilst he hadn’t closed the door on his country, he had already had discussions with them about this coming January, and he’d made the decision – and promised Warnock – he would rule himself out of contention this season.

Bamba hasn’t featured for the Ivory Coast since 2014, but he had held talks with the federation and manager Michel Dussuyer about his availability, however with the promise made to Warnock, he’s going to stay, help us avoid relegation and hopefully play his way back into his country’s thoughts with his form this year, and then look to represent them once more following the season’s end.

‘The door is not shut. I actually spoke to them last week, I spoke to the manager. When I stopped playing two years ago I had just signed for Leeds United on loan and felt like I needed to be playing club football regularly. Now I’ve come here and I told the manager before I signed that I wouldn’t do it. I won’t be going.’

Cardiff will lose Bruno Ecuele Manga for the tournament as he’s a regular for Gabon who are the host nation this year, but he’s also out of contract next summer, so having Bamba remain with us through January and February will be an obvious boost.

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