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Ivory Coast coach fears for Chelsea’s Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

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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.

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Written by Israel Saria

For the last 20 years I have been working as a football pundit. This experience has provided me with a very useful insight into football and the opportunity to carry out extensive research into the game including its players, the stadiums, the rules and tactics and I have also been grateful to meet a wide range of people connected to football in the UK, Tanzania, Germany .....

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