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Drogba: No Pressure for Ivory Coast Ahead of ANC
Associated Press, January 17th, 2013 9:56AM

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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba remains tight-lipped about whether this year’s African Nations’ Cup, which begins on Saturday, will be his last. The former Chelsea striker will be 37 the next time the tournament comes around.

"I'm not thinking about myself, I'm thinking about the team,'' Drogba said in an interview with the AP. Ivory Coast has indisputably been the most talented team in Africa for several years now. However, the former French colony hasn’t won the continental championship in nearly 20 years. Less than 12 months ago, Ivory Coast lost a marathon penalty shootout against Zambia in the final of the last African Nations’ Cup. "There's no pressure at all,'' he said. "I think we still have time.''

Drogba deflected questions about his club career when asked where he would be playing next season. Several reports have suggested that the Shanghai Shenua striker is lining up a return to Europe, with Italian champion Juventus listed as a possibility. "The focus for me is the African Cup,'' he said, "so I don't want to speak about what's happening in China. African Cup, thank you."

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