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Drogba: 'All we can do is give our best'
January 22nd, 2013 8:04PM

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[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] No team at the Africa Cup of Nations has more talent than Ivory Coast, but Elephant star Didier Drogba is under no illusion about the magnitude of the challenge. Once again, Ivory Coast is the favorite at the tournament it has not won since 1992, but it struggled to beat Togo, 2-1, in their opening game.

(Click here for Ivory Coast-Togo highlights.)

Togo shut down Drogba, but it couldn't stop Yaya Toure and Gervinho as their goals gave Ivory Coast the win in Rustenburg.

Gervinho's late goal came off Toure's free kick Togo keeper Kossi Agassa failed to catch and broke a 1-1 tie. Toure had scored on a deflected shot to give the Elephants the lead in the eight minute, but Togo tied the score on a goal by Jonathan Ayite right before the first-half whistle.

"Of course, we want to win but 15 other teams want to win as well," Drogba said. "It's going to be hard, like today. It was very difficult and all we can do is give our best."

Ever since Drogba joined the national team, it has been installed as a tournament favorite.

"People want us to win all the games, but it's not possible," Drogba said. "This is football after all."

By the time Gervinho put the Elephants ahead, Drogba had been substituted.

"It was a tough game but we expected that," he said. "Togo gave us a good fight but we've also made a lot of mistakes and this is something I hope we can change in the next games. Still, 2-1 for us is a great win even if it was difficult."

-- Youssef M'Sakni's goal from 25 yards gave Tunisia a 1-0 victory over neighbor Algeria in the other Group D game in Rustenburg.

Television viewing: All games are available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

GROUP A
Jan. 19 in Johannesburg
South Africa 0 Cape Verde Islands 0
Angola 0 Morocco 0
Jan. 23 in Durban
South Africa vs. Angola
Morocco vs. Cape Verde Islands
Jan. 27 in Durban
Morocco vs. South Africa
 in Port Elizabeth
Cape Verde Islands vs. Angola

GROUP B
Jan. 20 in Port Elizabeth
Ghana 2 DR Congo 2
Mali 1 Niger 0
Jan. 24 in Port Elizabeth
Ghana vs. Mali
Niger vs. DR Congo
Jan. 28 in Port Elizabeth
Niger vs. Ghana
in Durban
Mali vs. DR Congo

GROUP C
Jan. 21 in Nelspruit
Zambia 1 Ethiopia 1
Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 1
Jan. 25 in Nelspruit
Zambia vs. Nigeria
Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 29 in Nelspruit
Burkina Faso vs. Zambia
 in Rustenburg
Nigeria vs. Ethiopia

GROUP D
Jan. 22 in Rustenburg
Ivory Coast 2 Togo 1
Tunisia 1 Algeria 0
Jan. 26 in Rustenburg
Ivory Coast vs. Tunisia
Algeria vs. Togo
Jan. 30 in Rustenburg
Algeria vs. Ivory Coast
Jan. 30 in Nelspruit
Tunisia vs. Togo

QUARTERFINALS
Feb. 2 in Durban
Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B
Feb. 2 in Port Elizabeth
Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A
Feb. 2 in Nelspruit
Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D
Feb. 2 in Rustenburg
Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C

SEMIFINALS
Feb. 6 in Durban
Winner Durban vs. Winner Rustenburg
Feb. 6 in Nelspruit
Winner Nelspruit vs. Winner Port Elizabeth

THIRD-PLACE GAME

Feb. 9 in Port Elizabeth

FINAL

Feb. 10 in Johannesburg



1 comment
  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: January 23, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
    I wish Didier Drogba was not in China.


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