Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/20/14
South Africa's second big football party in three years will be all about whether Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast will finally be celebrating when the lights go out - again - at Soccer City. While South Africa's World Cup and the last two European Championships brought unrestrained joy for Spain, the African Cup of Nations has been increasingly depressing for this continent's best team, which lost two of the last four finals in agonizing penalty shootouts that left the richly-talented Ivorians shattered at the very end. With Drogba's career winding down, 2013 is likely the last chance for international success for the Premier League- and Champions League-winning striker, who will be nearly 37 the next time the Cup of Nations comes around. Ghana's form indicates that it will challenge and defending champion Zambia backed the core of its victorious 2012 team to retain the title it surprisingly won in emotionally charged circumstances in Gabon less than 12 months ago, when Ivory Coast...
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