ANTANANARIVO, June 8 (Reuters) - The absence of injured
talisman Didier Drogba was keenly felt by the Ivory Coast on
Sunday when they were held to a 0-0 draw away in Madagascar in a
World Cup qualifier.
The Chelsea striker missed a second successive match for his
country as a depleted Ivorian side could only pick up a point
against their Indian Ocean island hosts in Antananarivo.
The Ivorians, who qualified for the last World Cup finals in
Germany in 2006, were also without Chelsea's Salomon Kalou and
French-based striker Aruna Dindane.
Last year, the Ivorians easily beat Madagascar 3-0 in
Antananarivo in the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifiers.