MODON – Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea star, attracted a large crowd yesterday, Saturday, to watch him present his candidacy papers for the presidency of the Football Association in his country, Cote d’Ivoire, in next month’s elections.
Drogba is a former African player, and he is one of 4 candidates seeking to head the Football Association in the West African country.
But Drogba, 42, still cannot guarantee participation in the September 5 elections.
In addition to his need to nominate 3 first-class clubs and two lower-ranking clubs, Drogba must obtain the support of any of the five parties involved, who are coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees.
These parties have not publicly disclosed the candidate they will support, and the candidates ’papers are first checked by the election committee before they are qualified to participate in the vote.
A Football Association spokesman said the process was expected to take 5 days.
He was in front of Drogba until five o’clock on Saturday evening, to submit his candidacy papers and received great follow-up upon his arrival at the Federation headquarters in a motorcade similar to the presidential processions.
“Football is everyone’s sport and unites people,” Drogba told reporters. We saw that day when all of these people gathered in front of the EFA headquarters.
Drogba participated in the World Cup 3 times with Côte d’Ivoire and led her twice to the African Nations Cup final, and was very popular because of his titles with Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League.