Football as a Tool of Cultural Diplomacy
According to this article, footballers – especially African players – can play a real role in their country, turning football into a great tool of cultural diplomacy. With a solid international background and involvement for causes worldwide, through their role of UN Goodwill Ambassadors, they are fighting for democracy and peace in their homeland. For instance, ex-football star from Liberia George Weah is running as the presidential candidate for the Congress for Democratic Change in his country. Didier Drogba, the Ivorian striker playing for Chelsea, became a symbol of unity and freedom in Ivory Coast, after he had pleaded in front of television cameras for the people of their nation to stop the civil war. An agreement was finally reached in 2007.