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The Elephants captain will not be playing with his side during the 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Scorpions next weekend in Abidjan

Cote D’Ivoire coach Sabri Lamouchi did not include the name of his captain Didier Drogba on the list of players called up to face Gambia on March 23 in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying.

The 34-year-old former Chelsea striker, who recently joined Turkish club Galatasaray, was widely blamed for the Elephants’ poor run at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but the French coach said that was not the reason why he was dropped.

Drogba’s former mate at Chelsea Salomon Kalou, who now plays for French Ligue 1 side Lille, was not invited as well. However, CSKA Moscow forward Seydou Doumbia, who did not participate at the 2013 Afcon, makes a comeback.

Gerard Gohou Bi Goua of Turkish club Kayseri Erciyesspor joins the team for the first time.

The list also includes four home-based players.

Cote d’Ivoire are leading Group C with four points, one ahead of Tanzania, followed by Morocco on three, with bottom-placed Gambia having one.

List

 Name  Club
 Goalkeepers:  
 Copa Barry Lokeren
 Abdoul Karim Cisse Africa Sport
 Sylvain Gbohouo Sewe Sport
 Ali Badra Sangare Ivoire Sport
 Defenders:  
 Jean-Daniel Akpro  Toulouse
 Benjamin Angoua  Valenciennes
 Souleman Bamba  Trazbonspor
 Arthur Boka  Stuttgart
 Kolo Toure  Manchester City
 Ismael Traore  Brest
 Didier Zokora  Trazbonspor
   
 Midfielders:  
 Geoffrey Serey Die  FC Bale
 Max-Alain Gradel  Saint Etienne
 Losseni Karaboue  Nancy
 Didier Ya Konan  Hannover
 Emmanuel Kone  Sedan
 Abdul Razak  Charlton
 Giovanni Sio  Sochaux
 Cheik Ismael Tiote  Newcastle
 Yaya Toure  Manchester City
 Forwards:  
 Wilfried Bony  Vitesse Arhnem
 Seydou Doumbia  CSKA Moscow
 Gervinho  Arsenal
 Gerard Gohou Bi Goua   Kayseri
 Arouna Kone  Wigan
 Lacina Traore  Anzhi
 Kevin Zougoula  Sewe Sport

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