Drogba eager to revive Ivorian football


Former Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba has submitted his bid to become Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) President in front of a large crowd over the weekend.

Drogba, who is one of the four candidates, put in his candidacy on Saturday before the deadline for next month’s Ivory Coast Football Federation elections, stating that he is driven by a desire to give back to Ivorian football.

“Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites. We can see it today [Saturday] with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation,” Drogba told reporters.

However, it is still uncertain whether Drogba will on the ballot for the 05 September vote as he needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions as well as have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups: coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees.

“It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football,” – Drogba. Picture: Drogba/Twitter.

“If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today [Saturday],” concluded Drogba.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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