Drogba Declared Ineligible For Ivory Coast Fa Presidential Election

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports
 Didier Drogba
(Photo Credit: BBC Sport)
Didier Drogba (Photo Credit: BBC Sport)

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been declared ineligible to contest next month’s Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) presidential election.

On Thursday, the FIF Electoral Commission found the two-time African Footballer of the Year guilty of not meeting the criteria to become the head of the county's football governing body.

Earlier this month, Drogba was greeted by a large crowd when he submitted his electoral form to vie for the presidential seat at the FIF's office in Abidjan.

One of the irregularities found in the 42-year-old’s candidacy was that two of his sponsors were found to have also backed his opponent, FIF's first vice-president Sory Diabate.

The sponsors are Ivorian top flight side Africa Sports and a body representing referees, AMAF-CI.

The removal of Africa Sports’ backing left Drogba with two nominations from Ligue 1 clubs which means he did not meet the electoral requirements of having at least three nominations from the 14 top flight outfits.

Paul Koffi Kouadio is another candidate who had his bid rejected, leaving incumbent vice-president Diabate and former FIF vice-president Yacine Idriss Diallo as the two cleared candidates.

Drogba and Kouadio, however, have a five-day window to appeal the electoral body’s verdict.

Thursday’s ruling dealt a further blow to the former Galatasaray and Marseille forward’s bid after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association (AFI) failed to support his candidacy.

The AFI’s negligence of Drogba has drawn condemnation from the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) who suspended the body as a member of the organisation. (Goal)