Didier Drogba has been disqualified from the elections of the Ivory Coast Football Federation.
The candidature of the Elephant’s all time goal scorer was rejected by the electoral commission Thursday, a second time that his bid to ascend to the highest office of football management by his native country has received a bit hit.
First, the Chelsea legend received no endorsement from Ivory Coast ex-players, but he nonetheless got the support from the referees and many would have expected that he would finally get the clearance to vie for the Ivory Coast FA job.
The commission on Thursday cited “inadequacies” in Drogba’s documents leading to his exclusion from the final list of contestants.
According to the electoral commission, two of the four names Drogba submitted as his “sponsors” were ruled not to have the necessary authority nominate him. This means that Drogba had the backing of just two and not three clubs as required by the electoral code.
On July, Drogba made a grand entry at the Ivory Coast FA offices when he presented his nomination papers. He was accompanied by a mammoth of passionate crowd and a heavy presence of security officers.
This latest move is being viewed as an organised scheme to block the former African Player if the Year and UEFA Champions League winner from the polls.
The former Olympique de Marseille and Galatasaray forward clearly enjoys the backing of the public and colleagues but unfortunately they are not in the electoral college.
With Drogba and Kouadio Koffiboth out of the race, at the moment, the battle has been reduced to a conquest between Sory Diabaté and Sidy Diallo whose candidacy were endorsed by the electoral commission.
Drogba and Kouadio both now have five days to appeal against the decision.