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Ivory Coast qualified for next year’s African Cup of Nations finals. A FIFPro delegation visited the training camp of the national team of Ivory Coast, and returned with a bunch of ballots for the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI.


Stéphane Burchkalter, secretary general of FIFPro Division Africa, went to Ivory Coast to attend the general assembly of AFI, the professional footballers’ association of Ivory Coast and member of FIFPro. 


The General Assembly was attended by all the players of the national team of Ivory Coast, The Elephants. Among them of course, Didier Drogba, the honorary president of FIFPro Division Africa, and also striker for Chelsea and his country.


As the players were preparing for the final qualification match against Burundi, Burchkalter invited them to participate in the election for the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI. Drogba set the example by creating his favorite team. Many of his countrymen followed.


Didier Drogba is one of two African footballers ever chosen in the World XI. Samuel Eto’o was picked in 2005 and 2006, Drogba in 2007.


On Sunday, Ivory Coast beat Burundi 2-1, with both Yaya and Kolo (photo above) Touré scoring for their country. It was their sixth victory in six qualification matches.