FIFA steps in to solve Drogba’s case in Ivory Coast

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is keen to become the next president of the Ivorian Football Federation, as he plans to better the football system in his country.

Recent reports from Ivory Coast had claimed that Drogba had 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.

However, Drogba’s hopes to become FIF president has been restored after FIFA requested the suspension of all activity relating to the elections until it received various documentation.

Drogba wasn’t given permission to participate in the elections which were scheduled for 5 September. However, citing concerns that the electoral process may not be free and fair, football’s world governing body requested FIF’s electoral commission to send through five files and to delay the election until it had an opportunity to vet them.

“Pending your documents and information, we invite you to suspend all actions relating to the electoral process until further notice,” FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura wrote.

“Some say that the commission has been prevented from exercising its activities in total calm and an independent manner because of outside interference.”

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