Chelsea duo feature Africa Cup of Nations defeat

Chelsea forwards Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou suffered heartache in the penalty shoot-out of the African Cup of Nations final against Zambia, reports.

The Ivory Coast internationals were beaten 8-7 on penalties in the final after being tipped as favourites before the start of the tournament. Drogba had the game’s best opportunity in normal time, but blazed his penalty high over the crossbar. Kalou was withdrawn shortly after the hour mark and did not get the chance to take a penalty in the shoot-out.

Drogba took a penalty in the shoot-out and scored to keep the game at sudden death, but Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and Arsenal forward Gervinho both missed to give Zambia the trophy. The 33 year old returns to Stamford Bridge, along with Kalou, sometime this week and will compete with Fernando Torres for a starting berth in the Blues line-up.

Torres has only scored six goals in his Blues career and whilst Drogba has been at the African Cup of Nations, the Spanish international has yet to score. Chelsea travel to Napoli next Tuesday in the Champions League and the Ivorians are back available for next weekend’s FA Cup fixture with Birmingham City.

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