Ivory Coast’s Electoral comission has disqualified Didier Drogba from contesting in the upcoming elections to be the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF).
The ex-Chelsea star alongside Paul Koffi Kouadio, Diabate and Yacine Idriss Diallo submitted their papers and CV to stand in the polls earlier this month but FIF’s Electoral Commission has ruled that the former Chelsea striker didn’t completely fulfill its list of eligibility criteria.
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, the Electoral commission said.
Meanwhile, 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 authorised to do so.
The commission also said that 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.
Drogba throughout his professional career, played more than 100 times for Ivory Coast. His trophy packed club career, saw him playing for Chelsea, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua as well as Galatasaray in Turkey.