Football legend and Chelsea former player, Didier Drogba, whose quest was to become the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) has been rejected by the electoral commission.
Didier Drogba together with Paul Koffi Kouadio, Diabate, and Yacine Idriss Diallo who submitted their documents and CV to stand in the polls earlier this month but FIF’s Electoral Commission has ruled that the former Chelsea striker did not completely fulfill its list of eligibility criteria.
According to the Electoral Commission, Drogba’s bid was rejected as two of the names 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 Didier 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.