TEAM NEWS: Drogba, Yaya, Gervinho start, Kolo on bench for Cote D’Ivoire against Nigeria

The old warhorse starts this game while the Manchester City defender has been dropped to the bench by Sabri Lamouchi

Cote D’Ivoire have chosen to start Didier Drogba against Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter final game in Rustenburg.

The 34 year-old will lead the Elephants in attack as coach Sabri Lamouchi has recalled the bulk of his first team players that were rested in their last game against Algeria.

Yaya Toure and Gervinho have returned to the starting line up but Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been dropped to the bench.

STARTING XI Cote D’Ivoire:

Barry; Eboue, Bamba, Zokora, Romaric; Tiote, Tiene, Yaya; Kalou, Drogba, Gervinho