Drogba and NBL to aid eye care in Namibia

13 Dec 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Former Ivory Coast national team player, Didier Drogba and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) on Saturday signed a donation agreement of N.dollars 400 000 towards the Ministry of Health and Social Services eye care unit.
Drogba, the Windhoek Lager Ambassador, jetted into the county on Thursday for his second visit to Namibia. He was here in November last year for a one-day visit.
The former Chelsea Football Club star signed a promotional contract with NBL to become the Windhoek Lager Ambassador at the end of 2013, a deal aimed at promoting the Namibian beer internationally.
The contract ends in June 2016.
On Saturday, Drogba entered into an agreement with NBL to invest in special machines for eye treatment in Namibia under the supervision of Dr Helena Ndume, a Namibian eye specialist. Ndume is also one of the NBL Ambassadors for her remarkable work in eye treatment in Namibia and beyond.
The parties will fund the project on a 50/50 basis and the commencement of the project is to be announced.
Speaking during a lunch in honour of the footballer, NBL National Marketing Manager Rosemary Shippiki said the journey with Drogba has been incredible.
“Didier shares similar values with our brand - he is authentic, humble and respectful; we indeed identified the best ambassador for our brand.
“All those shared values show that he keeps it real in inspiring all of us to be focused on a vision of being true Africans,” said Shippiki.
Drogba, who now plays for Canadian football club Montreal Impact, said during the event that he hesitated at first when NBL approached him with a deal but after finding out that it was an African beer, he signed the deal.
“I am proud to be associated with Windhoek Lager in promoting its world class beer. We want to take Africa to another level,” he stated.
Back home in Ivory Coast, Drogba built a health clinic as part of his humanitarian assistance to his war torn country. He said he wants to save lives and make differences in people's lives, while urging Africans not to rely on foreign aid but to invest in their own people.
Shortly after his arrival in Namibia, he paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House.
Also present was Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, who requested him to spend more time in the country.
“We need to see you more and you need to spend more time with our young people to talk to them and instil discipline in them, and inspire them to become great sports people like yourself,” said Tjongarero.
Drogba returned to Ivory Coast Saturday afternoon.