Didier Drogba will return to international football in August.
Coach Sabri Lamouchi is determined to build a new-look Ivory Coast side for the next World Cup without Didier Drogba.
Dropped Didier Drogba needs to find top form but is still in Ivory Coast's international plans, says coach Sabri Lamouchi.
Didier Drogba was a shock omission when Ivory Coast named a 28-man squad for next weekend's World Cup qualifier against Gambia.
Captain Didier Drogba said the chances of he and a golden generation of Ivory Coast players ever lifting the African Nations Cup had gone for good after a 2-1
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi has hinted he will continue with the new forward role for Yaya Toure in the African Nations Cup quarter-final against Nigeria
Ivory Coast have emerged as favourites as the African Nations Cup enters its knockout stages but more surprises are likely.
Didier Drogba netted his first goal of the tournament as a makeshift Ivory Coast recovered to earn a 2-2 draw with Algeria in Rustenburg.
Gervinho and Yaya Toure were on target as Ivory Coast completed a 3-0 win over Group D rivals Tunisia in Rustenburg.
African Cup of Nations favourites Ivory Coast go in search of a second successive win in South Africa when they play Tunisia.
Title holders Zambia are in a strong field at this year's African Nations Cup, but it is Ivory Coast who start as favourites.
Didier Drogba has warned his Ivory Coast team-mates about their billing as African Nations Cup favourites
Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa.
Didier Drogba will lead a vastly experienced Ivory Coast squad in the African Cup of Nations finals.
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