Ivory Coast forward Gervinho has opened up about being left out of the 2019 AFCON squad by head coach Ibrahim Kamara after an impressive season with Parma in Serie A.
Gervinho, 32, won the tournament with four years ago but missed the 2017 edition that was played out in Gabon due to an untimely injury while playing in the Chinese Super League.
Since then he's returned the former Arsenal attacker returned to European football with the Italian outfit where he netted 11 goals and three assists - but this wasn't enough to convince Kamara to allow him back into the international set-up.
"Dear Ivorians, I don't know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I've received from my first call up," Gervinho wrote on social media. "Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.
"All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon in Egypt."
Despite having played in five Nations Cup tournaments in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, Gervinho, whose last appearance was against Morocco in November 2017, insists he has no plans to quit the national team.
"As you know so well, wearing our national shirt will always be a pride to me," he added. "I will always be ready and available when called upon to represent and defend our great nation Ivory Coast."