AFP reports Didier Drogba’s campaign to become the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) could be over after he was barred from competing in next month’s vote.
The Chelsea legend appeared to have the support in place to be on the ballot for next month’s election.
However, the organisation has rejected Drogba’s candidacy, claiming he was ineligible to run for the position after two of the names he had submitted as his sponsors were ruled not to have the necessary authority to do so.
The 42-year-old has encountered several setbacks in his election bid and one of his aides insisted they have not given up yet on his election hopes.
‘Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid but we remain unfazed,’ said Mahamadou Sangare, a member of Drogba’s team.
‘We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election.’
Drogba has five days to appeal the decision.