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Wilfried Zaha: Brighton a must-win clash for Palace


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 18:00


Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha says his side face a must-win Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek.

Bottom-of-the-log Palace travel to ninth-placed Brighton on Tuesday night and need three points to have a chance of moving off the foot of the table.

“All the players know the importance of it by now. We obviously speak about it among ourselves, so everyone knows it is a big game and we need to win it,” the Ivory Coast winger told the Palace matchday programme.

Palace and Brighton also have a fierce rivalry which dates back to a series of controversial clashes in the late 1970s under managers Terry Venables and Alan Mullery.

It will be the clubs’ first top-flight meeting since 1981.



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Swansea coach hopeful that ‘frustrated’ Wilfried Bony will fire – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:00


Swansea City head coach Paul Clement is hopeful that Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony will find his scoring boots, with the Ivorian having struggled for fitness on his return to the Liberty Stadium.

Bony, 28, re-joined the Swans from Manchester City at the start of the season, but has yet to rattle the back of the net having struggled with injury.

Due to a hamstring injury suffered against West Ham United in September, Bony has been limited to a mere five appearances across all competitions as he tries to re-ignite what was a blossoming career.

“It is really important to have Wilfried back because he brings a lot of good energy and senior leadership to the group, which is important in difficult times,” Clement told Wales Online.

“He’s really frustrated. He wanted to come back here after the way he scored goals before he left and to carry that on for Swansea.

“But it didn’t happen that way because of what happened in between. There was the frustration of the initial injury and the second injury he picked up was from de-conditioning and a lack of football.

Clement continued: “Now we need to get it right. We don’t want to make an error and set him back again, but we want him involved as soon as possible.

“We want him out on the pitch. He hasn’t been out there anywhere near as much as we would have liked so we’ve got to get it right this time.”

Swansea return to English Premier League action away to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.



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Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace can beat anyone


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Staff Reporter

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 12:00


Crystal Palace’s Ivorian attacker Wilfried Zaha believes they can beat any team in the Premier League after defeating Chelsea 2-1 this past weekend.

Palace claimed their first points of the 2017/18 campaign when they edged the reigning champions at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with Zaha scoring the decisive goal.

The Elephants player believes the victory will spark a turnaround in Palace’s season, insisting that they now have the confidence that they can beat anyone.

“Yeah, we needed a win, I wasn’t really scared about who we played against. I feel we are a really good team and that we can beat anyone,” said Zaha in the wake of the match.

“It is hard watching the team and obviously I know how good we are, but when we are low on confidence you don’t play like you normally play, but I am just glad that everyone pulled in the same direction and got the win that we needed.”

Zaha will look to feature for Palace next weekend when they play Newcastle United away from home on Saturday 21 October.



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Wilfried Bony ready for PL start – Paul Clement – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast challenged by Merveille Bope of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and DR Congo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 12:00


Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony is ready to start matches in the Premier League, according to Swansea manager Paul Clement.

Since his move back to the Swans from Manchester City, Bony has made two substitute appearances in the team’s PL matches against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

On Tuesday night he was given a starting role in the Welsh club’s 2-0 League Cup win at Reading, playing 82 minutes before being replaced by Tammy Abraham.

The striker’s performance has convinced Clement that he is ready to start in the league and Bony may well feature in their home match against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

“I think he is close, he lasted over 80 minutes in this game,” Clement said after the midweek victory.

“He had a really good chance in that second half when the ball came across the box and he couldn’t direct it into the net.

“He is in good shape, he played 60 minutes for the under-23 team last week and now he has played 80 minutes in this game, so I think he is ready to start now in the Premier League.”



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Wilfried Bony’s sons told him to make Swans return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 11:00


Wilfried Bony has revealed that his two sons convinced him to make a return to Swansea City, following a disappointing spell at English Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The burly Ivorian sealed a return to the Swans on transfer deadline day for a reported £12 million, having joined City from the Welsh club in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £ 30 million.

Bony, 28, scored 35 goals for Swansea in 70 appearances, but failed to replicate this sort of form with the Citizens nor Stoke City where he spent last season on-loan.

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Having netted a mere 13 goals since the end of his first spell at the Liberty Stadium, Bony will be hoping that a return to the Swans will re-ignite his career.

“I think my boys decided,” Bony said. “They heard about the interest and said ‘Daddy you have to go back to Swansea’. So my boys chose Swansea.”

“There were other options, Lille, Fenerbahce and others, but most important was what my family said.”

Furthermore, Bony explained that he doesn’t regret moving to City despite what proved to be a frustrating spell at the Etihad Stadium.

“The most important thing is to stay fit,” he added.

“I wasn’t fit enough there, so when you’re not fit enough and you get a chance you push yourself maybe too much and your body isn’t going to react well to that.

“Sometimes you can then mentally or physically get problems.

“I had good moments there, but personally I wish to do better than this, but things weren’t going my way so I’m now trying to move forward.

“I don’t regret the move, it was good for me to have another experience,” Bony concluded.



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Crystal Palace suffer Wilfried Zaha blow – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 18:00


Crystal Palace have suffered a massive blow with news that wing-wizard Wilfried Zaha will miss up to a month of action after suffering a knee injury during the club’s opening 2017-18 Premier League fixture.

Although the Ivory Coast international finished the 90 minutes against Huddersfield, he departed Selhurst Park with a knee brace and it has now been confirmed that he will not play for around four weeks.

The news comes as a bitter blow for both the Eagles and the Elephants with Zaha set to miss upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Gabon, set to take place in early September.

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Zaha, 24, penned a new five-year contract with Palace earlier this year despite reported interest from elsewhere.

The South London club got their campaign off to the worst possible start; losing 3-0 at home to newly promoted Huddersfield.



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Wilfried Bony linked with return to Swansea – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 13:00


Swansea City are reportedly hoping to re-sign Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.

The Mirror reports that Swansea are keen on a cut-price deal for the Elephants striker, who is unwanted at the Citizens.

Bony, 28, joined Stoke City on loan last season but struggled to establish himself under coach Mark Hughes and spent most of the second half of the campaign in limbo.

He has since returned to parent club Man City, but is not part of coach Pep Guardiola’s plans for the 2017/18 season.

This has led to Swansea’s interest, with the Welsh club hoping to sign Bony on the cheap and bring him back to the Liberty Stadium.

The Ivorian enjoyed a prolific spell at the Swans from 2013 to 2015, before signing for Man City in a £30million transfer.

Bony has also been linked with a move to Italian side Sampdoria, with the player reportedly valued at £13million by City.



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City demand £13 million for Wilfried Bony


Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony

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Staff Reporter

Sunday Aug 06, 2017. 19:00


Manchester City have placed a £13 million price tag on Swansea City target Wilfried Bony, according to Sunday Mirror Sports.

The Citizens have rejected the Swans opening approach for the Ivory Coast international, with the Welsh club having to up their bid if they are to lure the burly forward back to the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea sold Bony to City for a fee in the region of £28 million in January 2015, but the forward struggled for regular game time at the Etihad and spent last season on-loan at Stoke City.

Fenerbahce, Besiktas and unknown Chinese clubs are said to be monitoring Bony’s situation.

Bony rejected a move to China 12-months ago in favour of a move to the Potters, but failed to make the desired impact at the club. The former Vitesse forward was the Premier League’s leading scorer in 2014 with 20 goals in the calendar year.



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Marseille join race to sign Wilfried Bony – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 16:00


French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille have reportedly joined the race to sign Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony.

The Ivory Coast international looks sure to leave the Citizens in coming weeks, having failed to make the desired impact since his £28 million from Swansea City two years ago.

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Bony, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City, has also been linked with a move back to the Liberty Stadium with the Swans desperate to boost their attacking options.

Reports in France, though, suggest that the club will face stiff competition from Marseille for the 28-year-old’s services. According to La Provence informal talks have already taken place between club and player as OL aim to beat the Welsh club to the burly forward’s signature.

Lille, Fenerbahce and clubs in China are also reportedly interested in signing the striker.



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Wilfried Zaha abused by Man United and Liverpool fans – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 15:00


Cote d’Ivoire and Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United and Liverpool fans for calling him a monkey.

The Eagles forward says the Reds and Red Devils’ supporters have abused him on social media after he released a picture on Instagram.

“If Man United and Liverpool fans feel better by calling me a black monkey in my messages..feel free to carry on if it makes your day better,” said Zaha.

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The elephants forward joined Manchester United in 2013, but left the club and joined Palace.

He was speaking in Hong Kong with the club for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

On the other hand, Diversity campaign group ‘Kick It Out’ said it had contacted both Zaha and Palace to offer support.

“Kick It Out was disgusted to read that online racial abuse has been directed at Zaha,” a spokesman said.

“It is completely unacceptable that any person should have to suffer this type of abuse.”

The 24-year-old posted the message following the 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, in which Palace manager Frank de Boer said the winger had been the victim of rough treatment.



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Wilfried Bony set for Swansea return? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 11:00


Reports coming out of the United Kingdom suggest that Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony could be in line for a Swansea City return.

The 28-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City, has found game time at Manchester City hard to come by with the forward unable to showcase the form that earned him a big money move to the Etihad Stadium in 2015.

Bony joined The Citizens from Swansea City for a reported £28 million two years ago, but struggled for game time on his return from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where the Elephants emerged victorious.

The burly attacker found himself behind Kelechi Iheanacho and Sergio Aguero in the pecking order for most of the following season – prompting a move to the Potters on Pep Guardiola’s arrival.

According to the BBC, the Swans are eager to bring Bony back to the Liberty Stadium despite his recent troubles. Marseille, Lille, Fenerbahce and clubs in China are also reportedly interested in signing the forward.



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West Ham, Everton keen on Ivorian Wilfried Bony – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast challenged by Nabil Dirar of Morocco during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 12:00


West Ham United and Everton are reportedly both keen on signing Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Bony.

The Elephants striker has struggled to win regular game time at Manchester City since his big-money move from Swansea City in 2015.

He spent last season on loan at Stoke City but failed to impress under Mark Hughes and saw almost no action in the second half of the campaign.

Bony has since returned to City but is clearly not part of their future plans under coach Pep Guardiola.

Yet despite his struggles at City and Stoke, Bony is still highly regarded for his prolific spell with the Swans from 2013 to 2015.

And Transfer Market Web reports that both West Ham United and Everton are keen on landing the player.

The Hammers are looking for a reliable striker to lead the line (with Andy Carroll injury-prone and Diafra Sakho’s future at the club uncertain), while the Toffees need a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.



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Frank de Boer: Wilfried Zaha can make the difference – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha celebrates his equaliser against Chelsea

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 18:00


Wilfried Zaha can be a “decisive” player, according to new Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer.

The Elephants winger impressed for Palace last season and was rewarded with a new five-year contract which he signed back in May.

De Boer, who replaced Sam Allardyce as the Eagles’ manager, says he plans to play Zaha in his best position and allow the player to be his side’s inspiration.

“That kind of player is the one you come to visit the stadium for,” de Boer told The Times in regards to Zaha.

“He can make the difference. With the [Arjen] Robbens, [Lionel] Messis and [Cristiano] Ronaldos, you have to get those players in their best position so they can show their qualities.

“We want to try that with Zaha because he can be decisive. He’s shown that already; he’s still young, can still improve.

“So I’m very happy he’s still at Palace. There are a lot of quality players at Palace.”



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