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Fans confident Drogba will play at WC

sports Updated: Jun 10, 2010 21:09 IST

Football fans in Ivory Coast share an uncanny confidence that Didier Drogba, broken arm or not, will be playing for the national team at the World Cup.

Gervais Coulibaly, sitting in a dirt-floored bar in Adjame, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan, says "there's no doubt in my mind."

The Ivory Coast captain, who broke a bone in his arm during a World Cup warmup match against Japan last Friday, has almost God-like status in this impoverished west African nation, which is still struggling to end a political crisis sparked by a failed coup d'etat almost eight years ago.