Drogba concentrates on Cup and leaves club row to lawyers
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (REUTERS) - Whatever problems Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba faces off the field, he demonstrated on Wednesday he remains fully focused on the African Nations Cup and is leaving a dispute over his club future strictly to the lawyers.
Drogba, 34, brought his team back into their final Group D match with a header that halved Algeria's 2-0 lead. He was back to his old powerful self as Ivory Coast, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, recovered to draw 2-2.
"I am up for it. The first two games (against Togo and Tunisia) were very difficult mentally and physically for me because I have been out of competition for nearly three months now," Drogba told Reuters.
"If you are out for that long it is difficult to get back into shape, but I am working so hard in training and I was more involved tonight, and it pays off. I am really happy." Drogba said he could not comment on a dispute brewing between China's Shanghai Shenhua and his transfer this week to Turkish club Galatasaray. Earlier on Wednesday, the Chinese side said his transfer violated the terms of his contract.