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Chelsea fans will be confused

I’m not a Chelsea fan but I’m in South Africa watching the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and admiring what Chelsea past and present players have been doing at the tournament.

Now, it’s climaxing into a clash to involve four players who have or still wear Chelsea jersey. The colours will be violently blue on Sunday when Ivory Coast take on Nigeria in the quarterfinals of the Afcon, where the pair Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou will juxtapose Mikel Obi and Victor Moses in a cracker that will likely disunite millions of fans who physically or virtually gather at Stamford Bridge every other weekend.

Who will you support as a Chelsea fan?

Both Ivorian internationals no longer play in the Premier League but remember Drogba was hugely instrumental to the London club’s greatest title till date – the Uefa Champions League.

He was recently voted the Bleus best player ever by fans, and recently went back there to fine tune for the Afcon following the Chinese Premier League offside.

Logically, Nigerian and Ivorian Chelsea fans will overturn their coats to show patriotism and suppress club sentiments till after the encounter, but to which side will the heart of a Chelsea fan from another country lean?

I can’t truly tell, but I feel a number of fans will be confused and probably choose to decide where to place their hearts based on each side’s performance during the game.

Drogba was the greatest player yet at Stamford Bridge among the quartet and has statistically pulled the highest number of personal fans across Africa than the three others, so I can guess he would get the greatest share of the Chelsea fans outside Nigeria and Ivory Coast for Sunday’s match.

I could be wrong but as a Chelsea fan who will you stand by that day between Drogba, Mikel, Moses and Kalou?


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