Captain benched for key group match with Tunisia.
Ivory Coast have dropped captain Didier Drobga for their Group D clash with Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations.
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The 34-year-old veteran, figuring at his last Nations Cup, proved a largely ineffectual presence in his team’s opening 2-1 win over Togo, with coach Sabri Lamouchi taking him off with a quarter of an hour to go in that curtain-raiser.
Also out were Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and midfield duo Max Gradel and Didier Ya Konan.
Lamouchi called up Lille striker Salomon Kalou and Anzhi Makhachkala’s young forward Lacina Traore, this pair joining Arsenal’s Gervinho in attack, and Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote.
Former Spurs player Didier Zokora was handed the skipper’s armband.
Tunisia’s cause was severely hampered by the absence of key striker Issam Jemaa, who misses the rest of the competition with a knee injury sustained in the early stages against Algeria.
The only other change made by coach Sami Trabelsi was leaving out defender Walid Hichri, with attackers Hamdi Harbaoui and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in.
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