Drogba returns for Mexico-Cote D'Ivoire friendly

The Elephants’ captain has been included in the squad to face Mexico on August 14 in a friendly match

Didier Drogba will make a comeback to Ivory Coast's national team on August 14 during an international friendly against Mexico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Coach Sabri Lamouchi unveiled his list of players for the match on Wednesday, saying he was convinced the former Chelsea talisman has recovered his brilliant form after he helped his side Galatasaray to win the Emirates Cup.

Drogba has not played with the Elephants since their debacle at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. 

Ivory Coast have qualified for the final phase of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers but will wrap up the second round at home against Morocco on September 7.

Two newcomers appear on Lamouchi’s list: 21-year-old attacking midfielder Bobley Anderson, who recently joined Spanish side Malaga from WAC Casablanca, and Anderlecht’s 22-year-old striker Cyriac Gohi Bi.


 Name  Club
 Boubacar Copa Barry Lokeren
 Badra Ali Sangare Ivoire Academie
 Jean-Daniel Akpa  Toulouse
 Benjamin Angoua  Valenciennes
 Serge Aurier  Toulouse
 Souleman Bamba  Trazbonspor
 Arthur Boka  Stuttgart
 Viera Diarrassouba  Caykur Rizespor
 Brice Dja Djedje  Evian
 Didier Zokora  Trazbonspor
 Bobley Anderson  Malaga
 Jean-Jacques Gosso  Glenclerbirligi
 Abdul Razak  Manchester City
 Geoffrey Serey Die  Bale
 Giovanni Sio  Wolsburg
 Cheikh Tiote  Newcastle
 Yaya Gnegneri Toure  Manchester City
 Mathis Bolly  Dusseldorf
 Wilfried Bony  Swansea
 Gervinho  Roma
 Didier Drogba  Galatasaray
 Salomon Kalou  Lille
 Cyriac Gohi Bi  Anderlecht