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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was considered as one of the hot favourites to become the new president of the Ivory Coast FA.
But Drogba has been handed a massive blow in his bid to become the new president of the Ivory Coast FA after no ex-player voted in his favour.
11 out of the 14 members in the panel voted for Drogba’s rival and current Ivory Coast FA chief, Sory Diabate, while the remaining three abstained from the election.
This has come as a shock and surprise to many in Ivory Coast and the entire continent, as Drogba is seen as a hero in his homeland.
Meanwhile, former Nigeria international, Victor Ezeji has revealed that the ex Internationals were probably envious of the Chelsea legend.
“First, I will attribute this to envy because most times, ex-internationals seem to envy themselves especially when one is thriving, there are so much envy and bad blood,” the former Enyimba, Club Africain and Heartland forward told Goal.
“I think that is one of the things that must have led Drogba not getting a vote from any of the ex-internationals which is very absurd.
“In most sane countries, you’ll see ex-internationals head their FAs because it’s like putting a round peg in a round hole. That was what everybody expected it [the Ivorian election] to be.
“Personally, I thought Drogba would have a clean sweep because the ex-internationals were involved. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
“Also, when it comes to elections generally in Africa, people tend to sell their votes for envelopes. Drogba probably didn’t reach out to them or make mouthwatering promises.
“Like my friend would say, for you to know how popular you are, it is when you contest for an election.”
Ezeji also believes that Drogba should go deep to find out what really happened and why three members absconded the voting process.
He added: “It is not a good thing, I feel Drogba should go deep to find out what really happened because it is very unbelievable that out of 14 people, 11 voted against him and three absconded. He should also find out why the three absconded.”