Drogba defeated in the elections of the Ivorian Football Federation

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The hope of former African footballer of the year, Didier Drogba, to become president of Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) has been dotted.

Drogba, who boasts an impressive track record as a player for club and country, had promised a ‘Renaissance’ in Ivorian football if elected, but the Chelsea legend did not reach the second round ballot before being ousted.

“I can bring the change that the federation and the clubs need. Football is not progressing as it should and as we wish in Côte d’Ivoire. Drogba had told the BBC during the run-up to the election.

Hoping to pave the way for another African football legend, Samuel Eto’o, who is now in charge of football in his home country of Cameroon, Drogba put his hat in the ring, offering to be president of the FIF.

However, Saturday’s ballot at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro was not up to scratch since it was the duo Yacine Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate who qualified for the second round. of the election.

The first round, which totaled 131 votes, saw Diallo: businessman and vice-president of the Ivorian club Afad, win the round with 59 votes, and Diabate: former vice-president of the FIF, came second with 50 votes. . Drogba finished third with 21 votes.

Although Drogba was strongly supported by the public and his former national team-mates, including Yaya Touré, he was called “inexperienced” by his rivals Diallo and Diabate.

In the second round, Diallo, current FIF executive member, ousted former FIF vice-president Sory Diabaté by 63 votes to 61.

Saturday’s election in the political capital Yamoussoukro had been postponed several times since 2020, mainly due to continuing issues over the eligibility of some candidates, led by Drogba.

Although deprived of the opportunity to administer football in his country, Drogba’s achievements with regard to the game remain unmatched in Ivory Coast and rank among the best on the continent as well as in the world.

Just last week, Drogba became the first African to be inducted into the English Premier League Hall of Fame.

The 44-year-old ex-Elephants captain and former Marseille and Chelsea striker played more than 100 times for his country, including at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.


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