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These 3 African Footballers Are Investing Heavily In Education Back Home

African footballers in the diaspora often engage in developmental initiatives in their home countries as a way of giving back to society.

This could range from improving the health care system, education and social infrastructure to better the lives of people in their respective countries.

On a whole, these acts do not only lessen the pressure on African governments but they also go a long way to portray the love they have for their countries.

Here are 3 African footballers who are heavily investing in education back home.

Didier Drogba

Former Ivorian football star, Didier Drogba through his foundation has recently established a school in the Ivory Coast targeted at enabling children in a rural community to have access to quality education. The school is reported to have been partly funded by Nestlé and the International Cocoa Initiative. The facility includes classrooms, a kindergarten, a canteen, latrines, a football field and accommodation facilities for teachers. Didier Drogba plays for American Club Phoenix Rising. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivorian national team.


Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan, a Ghanaian professional footballer last year unveiled a sports complex at his former school, Accra Academy in Ghana. The project was reported to have cost GH₵700,000 ($153,601) and it was his way of giving back to his former school. The project is to unearth students with football talents to take after him. Gyan plays as a striker for Kayserispor and captains Ghana’s national team.

Samuel Eto’o

Apart from building a pediatric centre to reduce infant mortality rate in Douala, Cameroon last year, Samuel Eto’o has announced plans to build a school in Cameroon’s northern region with support from donors. His foundation has also provided 100 scholarships to an all-girls school in Sierra Leone. Samuel Eto’o is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award four times.


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