Ivory Coast are hoping for one big final tournament from veteran striker Didier Drogba at the World Cup.
Ivory Coast named uncapped Ismael Diomande as midfield cover for this month's World Cup playoff against Senegal.
Kolo Toure earned a surprise recall to the Ivory Coast squad for their World Cup qualifying play-off against Senegal.
Ivory Coast 1 Nigeria 2 - African Nations Cup quarter-final result
Teams for the African Nations Cup quarter-final between Ivory Coast and Nigeria at Royal Sports Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday:
Ivory Coast are treating their African Cup of Nations quarter-final against fellow heavyweights Nigeria like a title match.
Teams for the African Nations Cup Group D match between Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Rustenburg on Saturday:
Teams for the opening Group D match at the African Nations Cup finals between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Tuesday:
Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa.
Didier Drogba will lead a vastly experienced Ivory Coast squad in the African Cup of Nations finals.
Heavyweight contenders Ivory Coast and Senegal have been drawn together in the final round of qualifying for the next African Nations Cup
Fenerbahce's Turkey international midfielder Emre Belozoglu has been handed a two-match ban for insulting Ivory Coast's Didier Zokora.
Fenerbahce's Turkey international midfielder Emre Belozoglu has been handed a two-match ban for using a racial slur against Didier Zokora.
Turkey's Trabzonspor filed a civil law suit at an Istanbul court on Thursday accusing Fenerbahce midfielder Emre Belozoglu of racial abuse.
Ivory Coast's 'golden generation' has stalled at the final hurdle one more - and this time the problem appears terminal.
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