Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has called on African youth who are striving to become professional footballers to consider getting education, rather than focusing on football alone. Drogba told media on Monday here during his short visit that going to school is more important than playing football. In football you only have a short career but life continues after football. If one breaks your leg you will need something to fall back on or even if you sign a contract, you will need an education to represent yourself or understand what is written in that contract, he said.
Drogba was in Namibia for his ambassadorial work with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL). He signed a multi-million dollar two-year advertising campaign contract with the company’s Windhoek Lager brand, for which he has been featuring on billboards and in television commercials for some the past few months.
The campaign celebrates the story of a beer from Africa which has grown to be celebrated and loved worldwide, drawing comparisons to the Ivorian footballer, who has followed a similar journey.Drogba said he started his professional football career at the age of 21, and he would advise young Namibia footballers to focus more on their studies instead of pursuing professional football carriers.