Ivorian retired professional footballer, Didier Drogba, has been disqualified from contesting in the upcoming elections to be the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF).
Drogba, who is all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, submitted application alongside Paul Koffi Kouadio, Diabate and Yacine Idriss Diallo to stand in the polls, but FIF’s Electoral Commission ruled that the former Chelsea striker did not completely meet eligibility criteria.
According to the Electoral commission, Drogba’s bid was rejected as two of the names that he submitted as his sponsors were ruled not to have the necessary authority to be his sponsors.
Apart from that, Ivorian club African Sport officials and a body representing referees, AMAF-CI, support federation’s current 1st vice president Sory Diabate as their nominee, a vital endorsement that would have helped Drogba’s presidential ambitions.
FIF’s electoral commission also ruled that different officials from the same organization who signed Drogba’s electoral papers were not authorized to do so.
The commission also said that Drogba only had the backing of two top-flight Ivorian clubs and not the three that FIF statutes demand.
Paul Koffi Kouadio’s application was also rejected leaving Diabate and Yacine Idriss Diallo as the remaining candidates. The commission says Drogba and Kouadio have five days to appeal.
On November 21, 2018, Drogba announced his retirement from football after amazing 20 years. He was 40 years old then.
“When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I have achieved as a player bu most importanly how this journey has shaped me as man,” Drogba wrote on Twitter, while including a photo of him playing as a boy.