Didier Drogba has been scoring goals on and off the pitch. The former Chelsea super striker and legend has added another honor to his long list of achievements. He has been appointed the World Health Organisation Ambassador for Sports and Health.
He will be helping in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, physical activity, and sports among the youth. Drogba will join other ambassadors such as Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg Philanthropies, former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and Liverpool goalkeeper, Allison Becker.
The Chelsea icon has been involved in many humanitarian activities and causes since he retired. Through a non-governmental organization, the Didier Drogba Foundation he founded, he helps to improve the living conditions of the poor in his home country Ivory Coast.
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He also helped to equip and build hospitals, schools, vocational centers. During the civil war in Ivory Coast, Drogba was involved in the peace process using football as a powerful tool of unity. He shifted an AFCON qualifiers match to a rebel stronghold in order to facilitate the peace talks.
Drogba is also the goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has been involved in a yearly charity game Match Against Poverty as part of the UNDP initiative to raise funds for its program.
This month, Drogba rolled back the years, as he scored a hat-trick in a charity match on Wednesday 13 October. He led the Marseille legends, his former team against the UNICEF XI team led by Arsene Wenger. They won 7-4 in a match featuring other legends such as Samir Nasri, Mathieu Flamini, Robert Pires, and Jens Lehmann.