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Drogba dropped by Ivory Coast, Nigeria basking

Drogba dropped by Ivory Coast, Nigeria basking

Didier Drogba was dropped by Ivory Coast as Africa's top-ranked team hopes to deal with last month's failure on its home continent by focusing on next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Also, Nigeria is without striker Emmanuel Emenike for its first game as African champion.
While disappointed Ivorians not yet over their quarterfinal exit at the African Cup are pondering the future of their team and the 35-year-old Drogba, Nigerians are still celebrating their long-awaited Cup of Nations title.
Among the 20 World Cup qualifying matches in Africa, Ivory Coast hosts Gambia, Nigeria faces Kenya, and Egyptian authorities are set to allow fans in to watch their game against Zimbabwe, a significant move with Egypt still badly unsettled by a deadly riot at a football stadium a year ago.