Drogba: I will quit international football after 2014 World Cup

The Cote d’Ivoire captain says he is living in the twilight of his international career and will finally hang up his boots after the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil

After winning the Uefa Champions League with Chelsea last month, Cote d’Ivoire captain Didier Drogba says he is accomplishing his last international assignments with the Elephants and will say goodbye to the outfit after the 2014 World Cup.

At a press conference in Abidjan on Thursday ahead of the qualifier against Tanzania, Drogba said he would do his best to help the team reach the Brazil 2014 and leave a memorable legacy because it will be the last time local fans will see him in the Ivorian jersey.

“I’m certainly living my last days with the national team, and the match against Tanzania on Saturday will be one of my last games here at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium,” Drogba said.

“However, I’ll do my best to leave something memorable for fans, and after the 2014 Fifa World Cup, I think I’ll be quitting international football for good.”

The 34-year-old striker also revisited their failure to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which Zambia scraped on penalties.

“It’s true winning the Uefa Champions League with Chelsea brought much joy to Ivorian fans, but it cannot blot out the nightmare of February 12 in Libreville (Gabon), the day we bitterly lost the 2012 Afcon to Zambia. It is still very fresh and hurting. We hope to make up for it in the upcoming edition,” he added.