Posted: Wednesday March 20, 2013 12:55 PM

Ivory Coast coach drops Drogba for WCup qualifier

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi has dropped Didier Drogba for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Gambia because his captain "needs to work hard to get back to his best.''

Drogba, who turned 35 this month, will not play in the Ivorians' first game since the disappointing quarterfinal exit at the African Cup of Nations, which was seen as the striker's last chance at a major trophy with his country.

Lamouchi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he didn't pick Drogba for Saturday's game because he "needs to work to become the Drogba you knew before.''

Ivory Coast leads its World Cup qualifying group but Lamouchi says there's a need to "change the mindset of the team'' after a string of failures.

 
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