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Didier Drogba becomes first African to be inducted into the PL Hall of Fame

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, Didier Drogba becomes first African to be inducted into the PL Hall of Fame, Frederick Nuetei

The Chelsea legend is one of six latest inductees into the prestigious Premier League Hall of Fame.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has become the first African to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

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Drogba joined five others who were voted in by the public through an online vote and the Premier League Awards Panel.

The Premier League revealed on Thursday morning that the Ivorian and five others will join the duo of Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira as the 2022 inductees and will be handed their awards in a formal ceremony slated for later this evening in London.

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, Didier Drogba becomes first African to be inducted into the PL Hall of Fame, Frederick Nuetei

“Drogba was a four-time Premier League champion with Chelsea, earning a reputation as the archetypal big-game player. The centre-forward was capable of scoring every type of goal and twice won the Premier League Golden Boot, in 2006/07 and 2009/10,” the Premier League said of the ex-Blue in a statement.

The 44-year-old scored a total of 104 goals in 254 League appearances during two spells with the Blues.

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Other players who will be joining Drogba as inductees include former Manchester City duo, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, and Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes.

, Didier Drogba becomes first African to be inducted into the PL Hall of Fame, Frederick Nuetei

Also on the list of inductees are Peter Schmeichel, who played for Manchester rivals, United and City, and Arsenal legendary forward, Ian Wright.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters, congratulated the latest inductees, who he described as “World-class” players.

“The latest additions to our Hall of Fame were all world-class players who entertained fans around the world and helped to define different eras of the Premier League.

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“I congratulate them on receiving the honour and thank those who voted for their favourite players. We now have 16 incredible inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame and I look forward to seeing who will follow them in years to come.”

The Premier League Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the exceptional skill and talent of individuals who have played in the Premier League since its inception in 1992. It is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League.

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive

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Samuel Osei Kuffour has revealed how he used to sell hard drugs while also working as a shoeshine boy in his early days.

Kuffour opened up on how he used to indulge in various vices in order to survive as a young boy growing up before his breakthrough in football. The 45-year-old took a journey down memory lane recounting how he peddled drugs as well as engaged in petty business prior to his rise as a football colossus.

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“I was a bad boy, I was a shoeshine boy, I was a weed seller, I was doing a lot of horrible things as a young boy”, he told LifeStyle TV as quoted by Ghanaweb. 

, Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive, Frederick Nuetei

Osei Kuffour, who was a member of the Black Stars team that represented Ghana at its maiden World Cup in Germany, also disclosed how his mother had to sell the family’s television in order to purchase his football boots. “My mum stood behind me and lied to my sisters that the TV was with the repairers, but the TV was sold and I got the money to buy the boots. She saw something in me even though, at the time, football was not that big.” He said. Currently, the president of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Kuffour had a stellar career with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2001 and a long list of trophies with the Bavarians. 

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Government appoints Asamoah Gyan as tourism ambassador for Ghana

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Ex-Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has been named as tourism ambassador for the country by the government of Ghana.

The honour was conferred on Gyan by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ibrahim Awal, during the launch of the footballer’s autobiography titled ‘Legyandary’.

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The Minister urged the veteran striker to use his brand and experience to promote Ghana during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“We are conferring on you by the courtesy of the President, a tourism ambassador for this country. For the 2022 World Cup, we want you to be an ambassador,” Mr. Awal said.

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“Use your experiences to promote Ghana. Ghana is not only the most beautiful country in Africa, it’s also the most attractive. Our sports legends help make Ghana the most popular brand in Africa. Asamoah Gyan, we start with you to lead the charge and make Ghana a very successful brand.”

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He added: “The President launched the Beyond the Return project in 2019 which led to over one million people coming to Ghana. Asamoah Gyan, help us get 2 million people to come to Ghana this year as tourists.”

Gyan successfully launched his memoir titled ‘Legyandary’ on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The event was attended by several football legends, including Stephen Appiah, Abedi Pele, Anthony Baffoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and El Hadji Diouf.

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Some astute politicians were also present, including President Nana Akufo-Addo, E.T. Mensah, Kennedy Agyapong and Mahama Ayariga.

Businessman Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong bought the first copy of the book for a whopping GHc100,000, with the MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong also picking the second copy for the same amount.

Freedom Jabon Cesar and GFA President Kurt Okraku also splashed GHc50,000 to acquire a copy of the book at the event.

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