Ivory Coast surprised by Drogba retirement

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Didier Drogba's decision to retire from international soccer has caught the Ivory Coast federation by surprise.

The federation wants to talk to the 36-year-old striker before giving its ''official position'' on the end of his career.

Drogba announced his decision Friday after 12 years with his national team, eight as captain. Drogba has played in all three of Ivory Coast's World Cup appearances.

The Ivorian federation has delayed a tribute to one of its greatest players. Federation President Sidy Diallo says he wants to ''determine the underlying reasons for this decision.''

Drogba scored 65 goals in 104 appearances for Ivory Coast but was unable to lead his country to a major title.