Didier Drogba misplaced a controversial bid to turn into president of the Ivory Coast Soccer Federation when he was eradicated after the primary spherical of voting at Saturday’s elective congress.
The previous Chelsea star polled solely 21 votes in a three-way race, with the 2 different candidates, Yacine Idriss Diallo (59) and Sory Diabate (50) polling greater than double his tally. Diallo gained a second spherical to resolve the presidency of the federation.
Drogba’s candidacy had been disputed final 12 months when he first tried to face for election however didn’t obtain the required assist from golf equipment and different curiosity teams, such because the gamers' union and coaches’ affiliation, whose nominations he wanted to get on the poll.
FIFA then stepped in to dissolve the federation, placing the management of Ivorian soccer beneath a ‘normalisation committee’ whereas the statutes and electoral code have been rewritten.
It allowed Drogba, 44, to face however whereas he obtained a lot public encouragement, he garnered little assist contained in the Ivorian soccer neighborhood.
Earlier this week he was accused of pulling out of a reside tv debate with the opposite two candidates hours earlier than it was as a consequence of be aired on tv, in keeping with a press release launched by the state broadcaster. The controversy went forward with out him.
The Ivory Coast hosts subsequent 12 months's Africa Cup of Nations closing.