How Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Managed to Stop Civil War Raging in Ivory Coast

How Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Managed to Stop Civil War Raging in Ivory Coast

Ibitoye Shittu
March 11, 2022 at 1:51 PM
  • Didier Drogba in 2005 stopped the civil war raging Ivory Coast then after begging the rebels to stop the conflict
  • The Chelsea legend did this after Ivory Coast beat Sudan to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany
  • Between the year 2002-2014, Didier Drogba played 105 games for Ivory Coast national team netting 65 goals

Didier Drogba was one of the best strikers in the world during his active playing days most especially in the Premier League where he excelled at Chelsea.

The Ivory Coast footballer won the Champions League and Premier League titles while playing for Chelsea, but one things his people and fans won't forget about him was how he stopped the civil war raging his country.

In October 2005, Didier Drogba was playing for his country Ivory Coast in the World Cup final qualifier against Sudan in which they needed to win the encounter.

Didier Drogba
Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba. Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS
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The tie between Cameroon and Egypt was another battle which could have cost Ivory Coast the ticket to participate at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

How did Didier Drogba actually stop the civil war?

According to the report on Sportbible and GMS, there was a five-year civil war in Ivory Coast then and Didier Drogba and his teammates won against Sudan, while Cameroon and Egypt played 1-1.

That gave Ivory Coast the World Cup ticket, and when Ivorian players were celebrating, Didier Drogba fell on his knees and begged the rebels to stop the war.

The reports added that the war was stopped immediately Didier Drogba begged.

Didier Drogba's statement

“Men and women of Ivory Coast. From the north, south, centre, and west, we proved today that all Ivorians can coexist and play together with a shared aim to qualify for the World Cup.
“We promised you that the celebrations would unite the people today we beg you on our knees.”

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