Drogba lands in Namibia

10 Nov 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – Legendary Ivory Coast and Chelsea Football Club striker Didier Drogba arrived in Namibia for a one-day tour on Monday.
Drogba, who signed a multi-million dollar two-year advertising campaign contract with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), is in the country to promote the company’s Windhoek Lager brand, for which he has been featuring on billboards and in television commercials for some time now.
The campaign celebrates the story of a beer from Africa which has grown to be celebrated and loved worldwide, drawing comparisons to the football player, who has followed a similar journey.
The Ivorian professional footballer plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League as a striker, and has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player.
He is currently the club's fourth-highest goal-scorer of all time on 160 goals.
In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest-ever player.
He has also been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.
Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21.
After finishing the 2002/03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third-highest scorer in the 2003/04 season with 19 goals, and also helped the club reach the 2004 Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Cup final.
In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Chelsea.
He became the first African player to score 100 English Premier League goals, and also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals.
He also played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, in which he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the deciding shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
The NBL campaign, which amounts to N.dollars 20 million, will see him getting a fee of US.dollars 600 000 (about N.dollars 6,7 million) per year for two years.
The campaign was signed in 2013, and will run through 2014.
Speaking to the media upon his arrival in Windhoek, Drogba said he was happy to be in Namibia because the country has one of the greatest athletes in the world - Frank Fredericks, whom he admired while growing up.
“Windhoek Lager is one of the best beers in Africa, and I am happy to be associated with them and to visit the country it’s made from.
I am also happy to be here because I finally came to a country where one of the world’s greatest athletes is from. I met him once, but being here is really special,” he noted.
A tour of the city of Windhoek was planned for Drogba on Monday, during which he would be taken to the cathedral of Namibian football, the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura, to meet his fans.
He was also set to tour Namibia Breweries before he would fly to his motherland, the Ivory Coast.
(NAMPA)
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