When Didier Drogba Stopped A Civil War

 

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Didier Drogba had many highlights during his football career, and during his nine years at Stamford Bridge, he became a Chelsea legend.
None of them, not even his success against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final to earn the Blues their only win, can compare to this.

According to the BBC, the Ivory Coast hero managed to end In his home country, and a civil war was raging. In the 2000s.
 
Drogba played for the Ivory Coast against Sudan in a World Cup qualifier on October 8, 2005, knowing that they needed to defeat Cameroon, who were playing Egypt on the same night, to advance.

Drogba, Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboue, and Kolo Toure are among the Premier League’s best players., the Ivorians won their match. Cameroon was tied 1-1 with Egypt with only minutes to go after the final whistle, and they were awarded a penalty.

In 2007, Drogba ended a 5-year civil war in his country, Cote d’Ivoire by scoring a goal, that helped them win a match against Madagascar. He asked that the game be played in Bouake, a rebel stronghold then got on his knees & pleaded with rebels to drop their arms, and they did. pic.twitter.com/e8tKsZ1nJv

— Football Talk (@Football_TaIk) March 26, 2021

Fortunately for Drogba and co., Pierre Wome missed from close range, allowing Ivory Coast to qualify for the first time; they qualified for the World Cup.

The players deservedly rejoiced, but it wasn’t long before Drogba’s thoughts turned to the civil war that had raged in his country since 2002.

“Men and women of the Ivory Coast,” he said after the match. Today, we demonstrated that all Ivorians could coexist and play together with a common goal – to qualify for the World Cup – by coming from the north, south, centre, and west. 
“We told you that the festivities would bring the people together; today, on our knees, we beg you.” The players knelt to the ground. “The one African nation with so much wealth must avoid going to war. Please put down your guns and allow elections to take place. “Drogba was the last man standing.

The players then rose to their feet and chanted, “Stop shooting your guns! We want to have fun!”

Didier Drogba pictured on the day he solely put an end to Ivory Coast’s civil war. He asked for their match with Madagascar to be held in a rebel held area, where the entirety of the country united to watch a 5-0 win, & put an end to a 5 year long war.

[3 June, 2007; Bouake] #6 pic.twitter.com/FG8fqxQVk6

— Iconic Football Photos™ (@IconicFP) August 8, 2018

The words had a tremendous impact, finally leading to the two warring parties meeting at a negotiation table and signing a ceasefire agreement. This was far from the end of the plot.

The following year, while on a tour of the Ivory Coast’s rebel-controlled north, he declared that the national team’s match against Madagascar on June 3, 2007, will be held in the rebel stronghold of Bouake.

In 2007, Didier Drogba ended a 5 year civil war in Cote d’Ivoire by scoring a goal that helped Ivory Coast beat Madagascar

He asked that the game be played in Bouake, a rebel stronghold, then got on his knees & pleaded with rebels to drop their arms, and they did pic.twitter.com/yP2Sj2sNSw

— SOCCERPeDIA® (@soccerpaedia) March 30, 2021

It was an attempt to get the country back together, as he was from the south. It was a massive success at the time, with a 5-0 win capped by Drogba’s final goal, which sparked nationwide celebrations.

With Drogba as its spokesperson and leader, the Ivory Coast national team had brought peace to the country – even if it was not to last. After controversial elections five years later, conflict erupted again, and Laurent Gbagbo, the then-president, was just this week convicted of war crimes at The Hague.


Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, on the other hand, was able to bring peace to the Ivory Coast for a short time. 

Further information about Drogba, his career, and family


He is the all-time leading scorer for the Ivory Coast national team and a former captain. He is best known for his time at Chelsea, where he scored more goals than any other international player and is currently the club’s fourth all-time goal scorer. Widely regarded as one of Chelsea’s greatest players, Drogba was named in the Chelsea team of the 2010–2020 decade by Chelsea’s fans. [number six] In 2006 and 2009, he was elected African Footballer of the Year for the second time.

Drogba Chelsea has some special relationship.


‘I love Chelsea,’ Didier Drogba says.

Didier Drogba, a Chelsea striker, has claimed that his time in London has been the happiest of his life.

He told The Graham Norton Show, “I love this club.”

“Those eight years have been the best of my professional and personal lives. In London, I’m happy.”

The Ivorian joined the Blues from Marseille in 2004.

Drogba MLS record 

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Didier Drogba only played for Montreal for a season and a half, but he demonstrated his world-class abilities game after game in that period. Check out the best of his 21 goals for the Impact, which contributed to two of the team’s best regular-season results in MLS.

Drogba Galatasaray Story 

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Outside of Istanbul, Didier Drogba’s brief stay at Galatasaray is sometimes overlooked. In the capital of Turkish football, heroic performances and game-changing appearances lifted the Ivorian to a pedestal reserved for the game’s most significant. Few players achieve club icon status, and even fewer achieve it at multiple clubs; Drogba could be the first player to do so in under 18 months.

Didier Drogba wife & Children’s
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An outstanding woman stands behind a great man. Unlike some footballers who seek shallow women, Drogba has chosen a modest, quiet African woman with a strong heart. Lalla Diakite is a deserving Malian woman who deserves to be honoured. Drogba was able to become the wonderful man he is today thanks to her loyalty, discretion, and affection for her husband and children.
Didier Drogba and his wife are parents to three children. 

Other than Isaac, they have a daughter and a son. Isaac’s brother’s and sister’s names are Kieran and Iman respectively. 

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