Ivory Coast’s captain Didier Drogba was not included in Lamouchi’s starting eleven in their Nations’ Cup second group match against Tunisia. Does the Elephants’ landmark’s pale performance in their inaugural match against Adebayor’s Togo signal the end of the veteran?
Drogba lacks regular team football following the end of the Chinese championship and is still struggling to conclude a new deal in Europe. As if this was not enough, the thirty-four year player faces faces competition from the team’s youngsters embodied by Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony by the current top goal scorer in the Dutch league and Russia-based player Lassina Traore. Traore took over from Drogba in Saturday’s match against Tunisia and gifted the opener to Gervinho in the first half. The former Chelsea striker could give more on the pitch, yet rising talents in his side as well as his growing age could precipitate the downfall of his undoubted influence over the team.
Drogba made his debut with Ivory Coast in 2002 and has recorded fifty-nine goals in ninety appearances. He gave a massive boost to his country in their two World Cup qualifications (2006-2010), but has yet to win the continental award