Yaya Toure is not impressed with the Ivory Coast Footballers Association (AFI) for not supporting Didier Drogba in his bid to become his country’s federation president.
The former Chelsea striker managed to file his papers and will contest the post alongside Koffi Kouakou Paul, Sory Diabate and Idriss Diallo.
In the elections set for September 5, Drogba is optimistic he will be elected to lead the West African nation’s football governing body.
“That our players’ association has chosen to support another candidate constitutes a major fault, a serious breach of its obligations and its mission,” the former Barcelona and Manchester City player told Abidjan Sports.
“No matter how hard I tried to understand, I tried to listen to Cyrille Domoraud’s arguments, I still don’t understand, but the damage is done.”
The body argued it could not support the 42-year-old owing to his distant relationship with the members, who, in this case are players.
“If Didier was so useless, how is it possible that Cyrille Domoraud did not realise it until after eleven years and at the very moment when Didier presents his candidacy for the presidency of the FIF and that AFI seeks, by all means, to justify its support for another candidate?” Yaya wondered.
“If he had been aware of it for several years, why did he not raise the issue with Didier or raise the problem during the AFI General Assemblies? [Domoraud] uses AFI for personal purposes and serves Ivorian footballers. It’s grotesque and shameful.”