By Angu Lesley
Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba has urged fellow greats to bury the hatched and embrace the responsibility of encouraging the present generation for the image of Africa.
In recent Facebook outing, Drogba acknowledged that Cameroonian great Samuel Eto’o and Senegalese legend El Hadj Diouf must end the epic though they enjoy freedom of speech.
“I know that my education doesn’t encourage me to respond to someone who wants me to react. They [Eto’o and Diouf] have freedom of speech. UEFA is a witness to the fact that Africa has great players. Some are amongst the top 20 goal scorers in the history of the champions….”Didier wrote.
Drogba is one of the most prolific striker in the history of the the prestigious UEFA Champions League competition. The retired forward is currently ranked 13th in the history of the goal getters in the competition. Ahead of the likes of Argentine ‘goal machine’ Sergio Aguero, greats Ferenc Puskas, Gerd Muller and Fernando Morientes, all be it with a greater number of games played by Drogba with the exception Morientes.
Drogba’s 44 goals in 92 games surpasses Eto’o and Diouf’s combined tally in the competition. Therefore in that front only the current or next generation of African players can catch the Chelsea legend.
“My brothers Eto’o and Diouf were great players, just like Ronaldinho at Barcelona. These days, there is a new generation coming through. In the yesteryears, nobody couldn’t imagine that there will be great players like king Pele, Diego Maradona. But everybody has his era. Today my brothers Mane and Salah are doing well and can surpass the achievements of our generation.
“So Didier can’t speak with certainty that I will remain Africa’s all-time lead scorer in the UEFA Champions League. The world is evolving, there is still talent in Africa.
I will tell Eto’o and Diouf to encourage this young flag bearers of African football to continue to represent Africa in style. At the end of it, it the image of Africa that is lifted” Drogba concluded.
Drogba, Eto’o and Diouf are far ahead of the rest their compatriots in their generation and history will never forget how they stood tall amongst their peers at club level when they were at their prime.
Diouf and Drogba weren’t just stars at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, they were key elements in their national selections. They took their country’s flag to the FIFA World Cup village for the first time in 2002 for Diouf’s Senegal and 2006 for Drogba’s Ivory Coast.
Eto’o on his replicated his club’s success in international football winning back-to-back AFCON titles and the Olympic Gold medal between 2000-2002 in an august generation of Indomitable Lions.
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