The Football Writers’ Association are pleased to confirm Didier Drogba will be honoured at the annual Gala Tribute Evening at The Savoy, London, on January 25, 2015.
Chelsea forward Drogba said: “It is an incredible honour. I have looked at the list of people who have been given this award and there are some of the most famous names in football on it.
“To be invited to join them is so special and I can’t wait for the night.”
Drogba, 36, returned to Chelsea at the start of the Barclays Premier League season following spells in both China and at Galatasaray after leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 having scored the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out victory to beat Bayern Munich and win the Champions League.
FWA Chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror, feels Drogba has more than earned the recognition of football writers, not only for an outstanding playing career, but also his incredible humanitarian efforts in raising funds for several projects in his Ivory Coast homeland.
“Didier Drogba is not just one of the most accomplished, powerful strikers the Premier League has seen, he has also been a trailblazer for African football, helping to raise its profile immeasurably,” said Dunn.
“And through his charitable foundation, Didier has helped to provide invaluable support to those in need of help in his native Ivory Coast and across the entire continent.
“Last year’s recipient of the FWA’s tribute Jose Mourinho had this to say about Didier when contributing to the striker’s autobiography: ‘Didier is in my life as one of the best players I have managed in my career, but much more importantly, he’s in my life as one of the best and most unforgettable friends. He is a special person.’
“A glowing testament indeed and one which shows why Didier Drogba will be a thoroughly deserving guest of honour on January 25.”
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