Liberia was practically thrown into frenzy over the weekend when Chelsea and Ivory Coast soccer legend, Didier Drogba, touched down at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County. The mega star’s subsequent visits to Monrovia, where he briefly attended a groundbreaking ceremony with President George Weah in Paynesville, even made matters worst when fans lined up along major thoroughfares to have a glimpse of the star—a situation that led to traffic grid.
Upon his arrival, Drogba graced a ceremonial soccer match, dubbed “Weah All Stars” at the Barclay Training Center Military Barracks. The game was in commemoration and continuation of the 171st Independence Day celebration.
It was from there that he headed to the commercial hub of Paynesville to form part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Coca-Cola Factory to ELWA junction road construction. Enthusiastic soccer fans, especially fans of English club, Chelsea, a club where Drogba made a name for himself, could not hold back their excitement when he appeared before them.
These soccer-mad Liberians and supporters of Chelsea had got a one in a lifetime opportunity to physically behold and feel the presence of a man whose wonders on the pitches of Europe and spectacular goals are still vividly ingrained in their memories.
Drogba is one of Africa’s international soccer players. He was an intimidating figure for any defenders and too hot to handle for opposing clubs, specifically Arsenal and Barcelona, who he had great moments against. Drogba’s presence in Liberia was indeed a moment any real sports lover would never want to miss. Yes, that moment has come and gone and those who were not around to make history may live to regret somehow. But who knows, luck can still smile on the absentees and hope can make him come back again one fine day.