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The Chelsea talisman is praising his team-mates for putting up a strong fight in the continental showpiece, leading them to the semi-final stage

Cote d’Ivoire captain Didier Drogba has applauded his team-mates for showing a great deal of character, resulting in eight goals which has led them to a semi-final berth at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

He said it is about time the Elephants broke their 20 years continental trophy drought and sustaining the tempo will earn them their second tournament prize.

The Chelsea talisman missed a penalty in their quarter-final game against co-hosts Equatorial Guinea but recovered quickly to slot in two goals which gave them the win. He was grateful to his colleagues for spurring him on.

“My team-mates encouraged me and were very supportive,” the 33-year-old said. “I had to get back in the game and I owe them these goals. I'm glad I did it for them and I am proud of my team-mates.”
 
“In 2006, we were in the final and lost. In 2008, we scored many goals but failed to reach the final. Here we have shown character,” Drogba said.

The Elephants will square off with Mali on Wednesday in the semi-finals.

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