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Didier Drogba to visit India as Chelsea and Yokohama ambassador

Written by: Neil Talnikar

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The former Ivory Coast skipper is the ambassador to Chelsea’s official partner Yokohama.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is all set to come down to India courtesy to the London club’s official sponsor Yokohama. The Japanese rubber company based in Tokyo will bring the Cote d’Ivoire international to Delhi NCR on Friday November 23 of this year.

Drogba is the official ambassador of Yokohama and the unique fan event will be fronted by him. The 40 year-old who currently plays for American club Phoenix Rising, has a huge fan base across the world. After all the former Blues’ striker in his two spells with the club won a remarkable number of major trophies [12] including the Premier League as well as the Champions League. In his 9 seasons at Stamford Bridge, Drogba amazingly scored 104 goals in all competitions and is known as a true global superstar and an inspiration to millions around the world.

As the main feature of the said event, fans will have a wonderful opportunity to experience a special Q&A round with Drogba. And that is obviously not all to it; fans will be able to participate in a Yokohama tyre-challenge, they can also test their football accuracy skills there and a special treat will see Nikk Freestyler showcasing his latest freestyle skills.

Chelsea, who won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and consequently the UEFA Europa League in 2013, are one of the biggest football clubs in Europe. The club was founded in the year 1904 and the team plays its home games at the iconic Stamford Bridge stadium in London which has the capacity of 41,000 spectators. Chelsea is the first English club to win all three major UEFA competitions and also the first club ever to hold both, the UCL as well as the UEL at the same time. Apart from that the club also has a state-of-the-art Academy and training centre in Cobham, Surrey. Since it’s opening, they have gone on to win seven FA Youth Cups, two UEFA Youth League titles and two U18 Premier League National Championships. Their ladies team have also won FA Women’s Cup twice and the FA Women’s Super League once.


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As for their official partners Yokohama, the Company is commemorating its 100th-anniversary last year. Apart from being a comprehensive global tyre and rubber manufacturer, the Company also makes tires for passenger cars, trucks and buses and construction machinery. Yokohama Rubber produces and markets a wide range of rubber products like automotive hoses, conveyor belts and marine hoses too. Founded in 1917, the Company operates 18 tire plants in 9 countries around the world and employs about 25,000 people globally. In the fiscal year 2017, the Company’s consolidated sales totaled ¥ 668 billion.

Thus, Yokohama and Chelsea are delighted to welcome all the football fans as well as members of public in general to the special event with Drogba, which will take place in Gurgaon at the Ambience Mall.

“I am very excited to visit Delhi with Chelsea and their partners, Yokohama. I’m really looking forward to seeing as many of the Chelsea fans in Delhi as possible,” said the footballing phenomenon.

Published: Fri Nov 09, 2018 05:54 PM IST

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