Posted February 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
Football__chelsea_49e5
Didier Drogba came up short again at the African Cup of Nations in what was likely his last chance to win the title with Ivory Coast. The Elephants were eliminated after a 2-1 loss to Nigeria on Sunday. It was a lackluster tournament for the 34-year-old Drogba, who was dropped to the bench after the opener and scored his only goal after returning to the lineup in the team's final group match. Drogba didn't play poorly Sunday, but was not able to prevent his team's defeat at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, adding to the disappointment of last year's loss to Zambia in the final. It isn't clear if Drogba will be back with the national team at the next African Cup in two years, when he will be almost 37. ''We had only one goal coming into the tournament and that was to win the African Cup of Nations,'' Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi said through a translator. ''For some of us, it might have been a last chance.'' After the final whistle...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Nigeria through to the semi finals

Nigeria defeated tournament favorite Ivory Coast 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the African Cup of Nations on Sunday, keeping Didier Drogba and his teammates from lifting the trophy. Sunday Mba scored the winner with a shot from outside the area in the 78th minute, helping Nigeria advance to the last four for the sixth time in eight tournaments. Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring...

Tough Mauritian Referee Seechurn Takes Charge Of Ghana-cape Verde Clash

Referee Seechurn Rajindraparsad of Mauritius, right, gestures to Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba and teammates to head back to the center Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn has been appointed to take charge of Ghana’s quarter-final clash with Cape Verde at Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday. The 42-year-old, who courted controversy during Ivory Coast’s 3-0 win over Tunisia...

Wakaso, Fatau Dauda Among New Discoveries From The Cup Of Nations

Fatau Dauda Although the likes of Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor and John Obi Mikel have been the focus of the majority of headlines at the 29th edition CAF Africa Cup of Nations, a number of previously unheralded players have grabbed their fair share of the spotlight. FIFA.com looks at some of the up-and-comers who have used the tournament to showcase their talents. Djene Dakonam...

Breaking News: Nigeria Defeat Title Favourites Ivory Coast To Reach Afcon Semis

Nigeria will play Mali in the semi finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Nigeria progressed to the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 in a frenetic game in South Africa on Sunday. Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring just before half-time, smashing a thunderous effort past Boubacar Barry in the Ivorian...
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.