Ivorians, Italy set London date
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Côte d'Ivoire will take on Italy in a friendly at English side West Ham United's Upton Park stadium in London on 10 August, the Ivorian federation have announced.

The Ivorians, who had a disappointing FIFA World Cup™, failing to qualify from a group that included Brazil and Portugal, are using the game as preparation for their opening 2012 CAF Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda on 4 September.

Les Elephants will be without Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks following surgery on a groin injury. They should, however, have a new coach in place with Frenchman Gerard Gili heading the list of candidates - which also includes Argentinean Jose Pekerman - to succeed the Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson who took them to South Africa.

Gili was in charge of the Ivory Coast U-23 side that qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.