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Chelsea legend and former Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba is rumoured to be interested in taking over from incumbent Ivorian Federation president Augustin Sidy Diallo.
According to reports, Drogba is considering challenging incumbent Augustin Sidy Diallo as president of the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF).
The 41-year-old has recently joined the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as an advisor to president Ahmad Ahmad, and according to L’Equipe, the former Ivorian captain will decide imminently since the election is scheduled for November.
Drogba is highly rated in his homeland and played 105 times for the Elephants and scored 65 goals spanning a 12-year international career.
The Elephants were knocked out by Algeria in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations, which was eventually won by Algeria last month.
Drogba is famed in his homeland for helping to end a civil war that was tearing the West African nation to pieces. Civil war had been raging for five years when, moments after leading his nation to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany back in October 2005, Drogba picked up a microphone in the dressing room and, surrounded by his team-mates, fell to his knees live on national television.
He begged both warring factions to lay down their arms and, within a week, his bold wish had been granted. “It was just something I did instinctively,” he explained. “All the players hated what was happening to our country and reaching the World Cup was the perfect emotional wave on which to ride.
Drogba has shown his passion for Ivory Coast over the years, and is a massive figure there. Don’t be surprised if he becomes the next president of their football federation.