AFCON 2023: Didier Drogba's Partner Gabrielle Lemaire Dazzles at Final

AFCON 2023: Didier Drogba's Partner Gabrielle Lemaire Dazzles at Final

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Didier Drogba was in the company of Gabrielle Lemaire during the AFCON 2023 final
  • The couple has been dating for close to two years now, having gone public in 2022
  • Drogba entered a relationship with Lemaire after he split up with his wife, Diakite

Didier Drogba's girlfriend, Gabrielle Lemaire, stole the show during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final staged at the Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe.

Lemaire, who was in the company of the Chelsea legend, was among the thousands of fans who turned up to rally behind hosts, Ivory Coast, as they battled Nigeria during the cracker.

Didier Drogba gestures ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 final between Ivory Coast and Nigeria at Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium.
Didier Drogba gestures ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 final between Ivory Coast and Nigeria at Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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Drogba endured a roller-coaster night as he watched the Elephants stage a dramatic comeback to see off Nigeria.

However, the former Ivory Coast international was no doubt in good company as he was spotted sitting beside Lemaire in the stands.

TV cameras panned to the power couple numerous times before the stunning wag also took a few shots of their experience, which she shared on Instagram.

However, Drogba eventually left her side as he sprinted away in celebration after Franck Kessie drew Ivory Coast level in the 62nd minute.

The situation got even wilder when Sébastien Haller netted the eventual winner with nine minutes left on the clock as the host nation stormed to victory.

When did Drogba start dating Lemaire?

According to the Chelsea FC blog, Drogba went into a relationship with Lemaire after his 10-year marriage with Lalla Diakite ended in 2021.

Drogba and Diakite met in Paris and have three children together.

The former striker initially took to Instagram to announce that he had split up with the mother of three in January 2021.

Just months after the announcement, the Chelsea icon was spotted with Lemaire, with the pair going public about their relationship in early 2022 while attending a Formula E race in Saudi Arabia.

Drogba and Lemaire spotted at Ballon ceremony

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Drogba seemingly finding love again after being spotted with another woman at the 2022 Ballon d'Or awards in Paris.

The Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend was among the list of high-profile guests who graced that year's edition of the coveted football prize function.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.