Former Ivorian captain Didier Drogba’s bid to contest the next elections of the Ivory Coast Football Federation has been thrown out after he was told he is not eligible to stand.
The federation’s electoral commission said that the former Marseille man did not fulfil a list of eligibility criteria.
Two of the names that he had put in as sponsors were ruled out because the Federation said the two did not have the necessary authority to do so.
The federation’s current 1st Vice President, Sory Diabate, had already received backing from officials from the Ivorian club African Sport and a body representing referees.
Drogba had backing from only two top flight clubs and not the three as demanded by the Federation.
Many fans will be dealt a major blow after the news of Drogba’s rejection given that he received overwhelming support from them when he was submitting his bid for the candidature.
Drogba played for Chelsea in England, Galatasaray in Turkey and Marseille in France.
By Yaw Ofosu Larbi|3news.com|Ghana