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Nigeria's Yobo Relishes Drogba Challenge


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- Everton defender Joseph Yobo is relishing the opportunity of taking on Chelsea striker Didier Drogba when Nigeria meet the Ivory Coast in Tuesday's African Nations Cup semi-final.


"Yobo versus Drogba. That's going to be exciting and a real challenge," Nigeria's Yobo told Reuters on the eve of the match.


"A tough one, he's a top player, no doubt about that. I've played against him a few times already. It will be very, very exciting.


"He is obviously a very special player but I'm not worried about him specifically. My first concern is the match itself and helping my team to make it to the final," added the 25-year-old.


Yobo has captained the team in place of Jay-Jay Okocha, who missed the first-round matches with injury and was on the bench for Saturday's quarter-final win on penalties over Tunisia.


"It hasn't been my first time (as captain) but four matches in a row at the Nations Cup because Jay-Jay has been injured has been a big responsibility," Yobo said.

"I've tried to get us to play as a team because collectively is the only way we can win. This is a young team that go on and do a lot of good things, hopefully starting here at the Nations Cup.


Nigeria's last competitive meeting with the Ivorians was in the 1994 Nations Cup semi-finals, which they won on penalties.



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