Didier Drogba suffers blow in race for Ivory Coast FA presidency

Didier Drogba

Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, received zero votes on Sunday from ex-players in the race to be the president of the Ivory Coast Football Association.

Fourteen former Cote d’Ivoire players voted in the election conducted through video conferencing.

Eleven voted in support of Drogba’s rival and league chief, Sory Diabate, while three abstained.

Incumbent vice-president, Idriss Diallo, got no votes, just like Drogba.

The four-time Premier League winner was the heavy favourite going into the election after receiving the endorsement of experienced administrator, Eugene Diomande, who pulled out of the race.

Didier Zokora, who was Drogba’s assistant captain, was among the former players who decided against endorsing the former African Player of the Year.

The 42-year-old will be hoping to win over his country’s active footballers association, coaches, referees and physios who are yet to cast their votes.

The Champions League winner announced his intention to run in September 2020, promising to restore the image of the country’s game, which he tagged the ‘Renaissance Project’.