Didier Drogba’s hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast’s football federation has suffered a major blow after the failure of his fellow players to support his candidacy.
The 42-year-old is one of three candidates standing for election as president of the Ivorian Football Federation in September but is yet to win the endorsement of any of the five special interest groups needed to get onto the ballot.
He was expecting to be backed by the footballers’ union, headed by former team mate Cyrille Domoraud, but they are supporting Idriss Diallo, one of the two other candidates.
Drogba has also failed to win the endorsement of the referees and the association of former professionals, who are supporting the other rival Sory Diabate.
The former striker must now receive the endorsement of the association of football medical practitioners to be able to stand in the election and their decision is expected in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the African football Icon joined thousands of people across the world who have joined South Africa in mourning the death of Politician Zindzi Mandela who passed away this week.
Drogba has been a fan of the Mandela family. In 2013 he was in hot water with the Turkish Football Federation after displaying a T-shirt honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela, a day after Mandelas’ passing.
He was later cleared of any wrong doing by Turkish authorities whose Political tension makes it extremely difficult for players to express their own beliefs.
By Ofhani Munyai