Football legend, Didier Drogba could have become the second ex-footballer in recent times to take the helm of an African football body, after his Cameroonian colleague, Samuel Etoo. But the former captain of the Elephants was eliminated in the first round.
The election which, after months of postponement, was held on Saturday April 23 at the Félix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro, and saw Yacine Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate qualify for the second round of the election before Drogba.
The latter lost his candidacy to become the new president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) with only 21 votes against his opponents Yacine Idriss Diallo (59) and Sory Diabate (50).
The former Chelsea striker announced his candidacy at the start of 2020, with the intention that his “Renaissance” project could restore the image of Ivorian football.
Despite the support of fans and several former players, including Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, 44, was criticized by his two rivals and described as “inexperienced”.