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Football: Drogba has no issue being benched by Ivory Coast coach

Published on Jan 29, 2013 5:50 PM
 
Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (left), challenges Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour during their African Nations Cup Group D soccer match in Rustenburg on Jan 26, 2013. Drogba has backed the rotation system of coach Sabri Lamouchi after Ivory Coast won Group D at the African Nations Cup with a game to spare. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Turkey-bound African football superstar Didier Drogba has backed the rotation system of coach Sabri Lamouchi after Ivory Coast won Group D at the African Nations Cup with a game to spare.

The perennial title favourites face Algeria at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday with only pride at stake after contrasting victories over Togo and Tunisia.

Ivory Coast took 88 minutes to subdue stubborn Togo with Gervinho finishing off a free kick from fellow English Premier League star Yaya Toure, and Lamouchi responded by making four changes.

Out went veteran Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, midfielders Max Gradel and Didier Ya Konan and striker and skipper Drogba, 34, who says he is playing in the premier African football championship for the last time.

 
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