Monday Aug 03, 2020. 11:00
Legendary former player Didier Drogba has submitted his candidacy to become the next president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).
The 42-year-old is one of four candidates looking to become the next leader of the FIF, with elections set to take place on September 5.
However, the two-time African Footballer of the Year must first seek nominations from three of Ivory Coast’s 14 top-flight clubs as well as the endorsement of one of the following five special interest groups: coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees.
Drogba submitted his candidacy amid much fanfare and buzz this past weekend. The former striker is Ivory Coast’s greatest ever player, racking up over 100 caps and a record 65 goals for the national team, while his club career brought him huge success in Europe – particularly at Chelsea, where he won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League.
“Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites. We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation,” Drogba told reporters, as quoted by Reuters.
“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. 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.”