Ivory Coast coach fears for Chelsea’s Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba
Drogba will be crucial for Ivory Coast’s hopes in Angola

Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic says he is worried about the freshness of Ivory Coast’s main striker Didier Drogba.

The Bosnian was speaking at a news conference before the team depart for their training camp in Tanzania.

He said: “Drogba has played two matches in three days plus the travel. If we’re not careful he’ll come to pieces.

“I’m very worried about his freshness. He’s committed to lots of things and has lots of ambition. He wants to win everything. [He’s] playing too much.”

Halilhodzic revealed that Drogba is nursing a slight ankle injury, but the Chelsea striker later told journalists that he is fit.

Ivory Coast travel to Tanzania on Saturday for two friendly games, before heading to Angola next week for the tournament.

Ivory Coast are in Group B, with Togo, Ghana and Burkina Faso.