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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has always been interested in helping his country’s football, and the 42-year-old is keen to become the next president of the Ivorian Football Federation.
According to AFP, Drogba has been barred from competing in next month’s vote for the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF).
Drogba experienced this recent setback after the organisation 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.
This is another blow after no ex-player voted in his favour for the FIF presidency nomination back in April.
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
“Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid but we remain unfazed,” said Mahamadou Sangare, a member of Drogba’s team.
“We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election.”
Drogba has five days to appeal the decision.