Didier Drogba got off to an impressive start during his debut match with new club Phoenix Rising FC. Delivering a goal himself before assisting in the team’s winning goal, the former Chelsea striker celebrated the victory on the pitch with his new teammates.
— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) June 11, 2017
After the match, the Ivorian took to Instagram to reflect on his sporting performance but also to honour his fellow countryman Cheick Tioté.
Tioté passed away suddenly last week during a training session at his club Beijing Enterprise.
New chapter, new Team, new friends, the game is still beautiful @phxrisingfc I wanna dedicate this win to @tiote_official who passed away few days ago while doing what he loved, playing football. My thoughts and condolences to his family Premier but dans cette nouvelle aventure avec un goût spécial, je dédis ce but et cette victoire à un de nos plus vaillant éléphant Champion d’Afrique @tiote_official à jamais dans nos cœurs Champion @tiote_official Fortes pensées à toute la famille et à toute la Côte d’Ivoire et l’Afrique qui pleure un des leurs.
Drogba is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for American club Phoenix Rising FC. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.