The Ivorian football federation (FIF) has officially announced the absence of national team captain Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya for Wednesday’s international friendly match against Guinea in Abidjan.
The governing body said the players were sidelined following several degrees of injury they sustained at club level.
Coach Francois Zahoui had invited most of the players from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squad, which was defeated by Zambia on penalties in the final, but said he had to fall back on some locals to make up for the last-minute injuries.
Guinea players arrived in Abidjan on Monday while the Elephants will also do without the services of goalkeeper Barry Copa, injured during the semi-final of the Belgium Cup, and Valenciennes’ centre back Benjamin Angoua.
Fif says that the proceeds from the match will be donated to charities around the country, where a post election crisis last year killed 3,000 and orphaned hundreds of children.