The Chelsea striker can make a comeback to the Elephants any time, according to the former Zambia coach
Cote D’Ivoire coach Herve Renard has stressed that former captain Didier Drogba could return to the outfit if he wished to do so and that the door remains open for the 36-year-old all-time top scorer of the Elephants.
The Chelsea forward announced his retirement from the team in early August, saying officials had lost confidence in him.
The French coach, who was appointed in July, made attempts to persuade Drogba back to the team but in vain.
However, after a number of lacklustre performances in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Renard is now faced with calls from fans and the media to bring back the all-time top scorer of the outfit. Drogba has scored 65 goals for Ivory Coast.
“Drogba took the decision to retire from the team all alone, and today, he is unfortunately absent. You can’t just let such a good player go as easy as that,” Herve told reporters in Abidjan.
“I want to be very clear about it. The door of the team remains open for Drogba anytime, any day. We all know what he gave to the team and what he can still give if he decides to come back.”
Local supporters launched a petition for Drogba to return and “save” the team, after they lost at home 4-3 to DR Congo in the fourth round of the 2015 Afcon qualifying group stage last week.
Drogba pic: 36ng.com.ng