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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba says his team's desperate search for a long-awaited African Cup title won't now revolve around him in what is likely to be his last continental championship.
Drogba said Wednesday as the Ivorians arrived in South Africa, ''I'm not thinking about myself, I'm thinking about the team.''
Drogba will be nearly 37 the next time the African Cup rolls around, making 2013 his last realistic chance to cap a glorious club career with international success.
Drogba, midfielder Yaya Toure and the rest of the top-ranked African team's squad arrived to a small but noisy group of supporters at an airport on the western outskirts of Johannesburg.
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