For Chelsea and Côte d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba’s pursuit to win the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) presidency took a major hit.
The FIF Electoral Commission have ruled that the former Blues striker simply did not fulfill all the necessary criteria to be eligible.
According to the BBC his presidential bid was rejected because two of the sponsors that supported his campaign had no jurisdiction to do so. In addition to this, the officials who signed the documentation also had no legal authority.
These officials came from Africa Sports d’Abidjan and the Ivorian refereeing body. The concern here was that although the director of football at Africa Sports backed Drogba, the chairman of the club backed FIF first vice president Sory Diabate.
Essentially what this meant was that much of the institutional support he received was invalid and did not meet the legal requirements of the Ivorian football body.
This comes as a massive setback, as the former Galatasary and Montreal Impact forward will have five days to appeal this decision and continue to contest. For all the public support he’s been able to garner, within the administrative ranks, things look bleak for the man whose campaign slogan was to start the rebirth of football in his home nation.