Didier Drogba gets a very sad news in his political career hopes of becoming president of his country’s football federation is shattered.
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.
The Chelsea legend appeared to have the support in place to be on the ballot for next month’s election.
On Thursday, the FIF Electoral Commission found the two-time African Footballer of the Year did not meet the criteria to become the head of the county’s football governing body as he had not received enough nominations.
However, the organisation has rejected Drogba’s candidacy, claiming he was ineligible to run for the position after two of the names he had submitted as his sponsors were ruled not to have the necessary authority to do so.
Consequently, he only has the support of two top-tier Côte d’Ivoire clubs rather than the mandated three out of the 14 available teams.
The former Chelsea striker previously said his candidacy is driven by a desire to transform the sport in the country.
Drogba and Kouadio, however, have a five-day window to appeal the electoral body’s verdict.