Ivory Coast's Cheick Tiote is happy taking on Pappis Cisse and Demba Ba

Cheick Tiote: Relishing taking on club colleagues Pappis Cisse and Demba Ba

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Cheick Tiote is looking forward to taking on Pappis Cisse and Demba Ba when Ivory Coast battle Senegal for a place in next year's African Cup of Nations.

The trio all play for Premier League side Newcastle United and Tiote knows the strikers' game inside out after working with the pair in training on a daily basis.

Ivory Coast hold the advantage ahead of next year's tournament as they go into the second leg in Dakar following a 4-2 success in Abijan last month.

Tiote has been recalled for Saturday's match and is fully aware of the importance of the result, however, he knows he has the inside track on Senegal's front pairing.

"I'm happy to be back in the national squad for our biggest game this year," Tiote told Sky Sports.

"To qualify for the African Cup of Nations is important for my country.

"Senegal are a very difficult team with two up front. I train with them every day so I can introduce them to my country."