Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is his full nomenclature; I am however talking about the Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker.
He is the all-time top scorer and former capt
ain of the Ivory Coast national team.
Drobga was born on March 11, 1978 (age 42 years) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He got married to Diakité Lalla in 2011 and it’s not too astonishing that the number 11 runs through his life from his birth-date through to his Jersey numbers. He wore number 11 at Chelsea F.C. as a Forward liner, 11 at Galatasaray S.K., and 11 at Olympique de Marseille.
CAF Awarded him for being among the Best Ten players in Africa of the last 50 years, CAF Africa’s finest XI, African Player of the Year. Drogba is believed to have 3 offspring who are Isaac Drogba, Iman Drogba, Kieran Drogba.
As part of Drogba’s contribution towards nation building he did a lot of philanthropic works that cannot be swept under the carpet and notable among them is building schools in his country to help foster good education for the upcoming generation.
He built a football academy in Ivory Coast to help in the nurturing of young talented footballers. Drogba donated £3 million pounds an amount from his entire Pepsi endorsement deal signing on fee, to build a hospital in Ivory Coast. Again, he bought and gifted over 5,000 underprivileged school pupils with school kits.
Recently, he donated his clinic in Abidjan for the treatment of Covid-19 patients which is unusual about a typical African player. He once sponsored the Ivorian national team for international matches when the country was broke. In fact he has championed many advocacy campaigns in Ivory Coast like speaking to the rebels and using his influence to stop a 5-year civil war ravaging his country.
It is sad to observe that with all the good heart and service, he had failed in his bid to be the FA President of (the football Association Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) without getting a single vote in his favour. I mean No one voted for him.
Though fans might think it is trying moment for him but you will be dazed to know that Drogba was at Stamford Bridge on the final game against Wolverhampton to boost the players’ morale at Chelsea. From grape vine sources, there is the indication that former players unanimously voted for Sory halting Drogba’s ambition of becoming the standard bearer of federation.
All eleven out of fourteen members of the Association are former Ivorian Footballers who participated in the voting exercise via video conferencing but endorsed Sory Diabate for the top job. The remaining three, however, abstained from the exercise.
Drogba and Idriss Diallo, who is Vice-President of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) in charge of Marketing and Promotion Commission, could not even command a single vote. Sory from hence, replace Augustin Sidy Diallo, current Ivorian Football Federation president. Aesop said “no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted” but by this episode it looks like Drogba’s act of kindness have gone wasted but I think once there is life he will have another opportunity to serve his country men .
Enoch Worlanyo Wallace. Head of Sports, Adom Cluster.