Chelsea legend Drogba and Eto'o to attend Africities in Kisumu

Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o will attend much anticipated Africities Summit in Kisumu [photo courtesy]

Chelsea and Ivory Coast football legend Didier Drogba is among a host of local and international dignitaries expected to attend the ninth edition of the Africities Summit slated for Kisumu from today to Saturday.

Drogba who won four English Premier League titles with Chelsea will be joined by Barcelona and Inter Milan legend Samuel Eto’o.

Eto'o was seen recently in the country together with his family enjoying a vacation together at pristine white sandy beaches in Malindi.

The summit will be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development and Azimio Presidential hopeful Raila Odinga, Former President of Seychelles Danny Faure, Former President of Nigeria Olesegun Obasanjo, Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki among others.

Six other Heads of State are expected to attend the Summit.

Eto'o will be attending in his capacity as the president of the Cameroon Football Federation. His fellow football star and legend Didier Drogba will also be representing Cote d'Ivoire at the Summit.

Africities Ambassador Lupita Nyong’o is also scheduled to address the Summit.

The theme of the Summit will be the Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063.

The African Development Bank is playing a key role at the Summit.

Meanwhile, sports has been incorporated for entertainment and to let off steam for the delegates.

More than 30 football teams from various counties have registered to participate in sports tourism activities on May 20 and 21.

Kisumu County Executive Committee Member for Tourism Culture and Sports Achi Alai said that the aim of the sporting activities is to offer a thrilling experience to participants.

The competitors will include retired national team players, teams from various cities and local government authorities, ladies, juniors and corporate teams.

Football clinics will be conducted in academies in the local community by sports legends from various countries.

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