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Drogba turned down Chelsea return to help Ivory Coast.

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Didier Drogba has confirmed that he rejected the opportunity to return to Chelsea this summer as he instead hopes to become president of the Ivory Coast FA.

The former Stamford Bridge hitman retired a year ago after a busy end to his career, which saw him spend spells at Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Chelsea, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.

Now, though, he wants to return to his homeland and give something back to the game that saw him star in France with Guingamp and Marseille before hitting the very pinnacle of the game with the Blues, for whom he scored the decisive penalty in their 2011-12 Champions League triumph.

“I had an offer to stay at Chelsea where everything would be perfect and conditions are met,” he said, according to the Sun. “But I want to help Ivorian football because I love it!

“I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach. A coach has an impact on a club – but I want to have an impact on an entire nation.

“I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here. The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past.

“The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited.

“There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project.”

Despite the wealth of talented players that have emerged from the African nation in recent years, including the Toure brothers Yaya and Kolo, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Drogba himself, they only have two Africa Cup of Nations titles to their name.

Drogba is his nation’s leading scorer with 65 career international goals, but by the time the Elephants lifted the crown in 2015 he had retired from international duty. The only previous occasion they lifted the continental title was in 1992.

Meanwhile, he made his legend in Europe with Chelsea, where he played in two spells, scoring 104 Premier League goals and playing more than 250 times for the Blues in England’s top flight.

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Asamoah Gyan plays first Ghana Premier League match in 17 years

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Asamoah Gyan played his first Ghana Premier League match in 17 years following his return last month.

The legendary striker made his second debut on Friday night when he came on as a second-half substitute for Legon Cities against Medeama.

The match was also his first since December 2019.

Gyan joined Legon Cities on transfer deadline day after swerving ‘dream club’ Kotoko. But due to fitness issues he had to wait until matchday 3 of the ongoing season to feature for the Royals.

The former Black Stars captain played 20 minutes but couldn’t make a major impact as the game ended in a goalless draw.

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Ayew Strike again as Swansea share points with Sheffield Wednesday

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Black star’s Captain, Andre Ayew was on target as his team were held to a 1 – 1draw in the championship.

Ayew was In superb form in the Championship this season after netting 5 goals in 12 appearances prior to the international break.

He continued that form as the Black Stars host Sudan to the Cape Coast stadium where he stole the show with two goals including a great solo effort for his second.

After returning to his club side injured, The Swansea top Scorer couldn’t feature in his side’s win against Rotherham and was only fit to start from the bench on Wednesday against Sheffield.

Adam Reach gave the visitors an early lead in the first half and Ayew was substitute on in the second half where he scored just after 14 minutes to put his side leveled.

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Maradona Dies At 60: 10 Facts About The Man Considered To Be The Greatest Footballer Of All Time

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Just when we thought we have seen the worst of 2020, news just filtered in confirms that Argentinian football legend and winner of the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60. 

Maradona was hospitalized earlier this month after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on the brain. The surgery was successful but, just weeks later, Maradona has passed away. The news has been confirmed by ESPN Argentina and TyC Sports. Journalist Cesar Luis Merlo reports that doctors attempted to revive Maradona.

We have gathered 10 FACTS about the player many people consider as the greatest player of all time.

  1. He was the first son after four daughters. He has two younger brothers, Hugo (el Turco) and Raúl (Lalo), both of whom were also professional football players. His parents were Diego Maradona “Chitoro” (d. 2015) and Dalma Salvadora Franco ‘Doña Tota’ (1930–2011).
  2. On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors, 10 days before his 16th birthday vs. Talleres de Córdoba.
  3. Maradona scored his first goal in the Primera División against Marplatense team San Lorenzo on 14 November 1976, two weeks after turning 16.
  4. Maradona was transferred to Barcelona in Spain for a then world record fee of £5 million ($7.6 million).
  5. Maradona played his first World Cup tournament in 1982 in his new country of residence, Spain. Argentina played Belgium in the opening game of the 1982 Cup at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.
  6. In a 2019 documentary film on his life, Maradona confessed that his weekly regime consisted of “playing a game on Sunday, going out until Wednesday, then hitting the gym on Thursday.”
  7. Born to a Roman Catholic family, his parents were Diego Maradona Senior and Dalma Salvadora Franco. Maradona married long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe on 7 November 1984 in Buenos Aires, and they had two daughters, Dalma Nerea (born 2 April 1987) and Gianinna Dinorah (born 16 May 1989), by whom he became a grandfather in 2009.
  8. By 1982, Maradona had become one of the biggest sports stars in the world and had endorsements with many companies, including Puma and Coca-Cola, earning him an additional $1.5 million per year on top of his club salary.
  9.  Maradona features in the music video to the 2010 World Cup song “Waka Waka” by Shakira, with footage shown of him celebrating Argentina winning the 1986 World Cup.
  10. Maradona began his managerial career alongside former Argentinos Juniors midfield teammate Carlos Fren. The pair led Mandiyú of Corrientes in 1994 and Racing Club in 1995, with little success.

Parts of information used in this report culled from Wikipedia.

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