The 42-year old former African Footballer of the Year is one of four candidates seeking the presidency of the West African country’s football association
Didier Drogba drew a large crowd Saturday eager to watch him submit his candidacy before the deadline for next month’s Ivory Coast Football Federation election.
The 42-year old former African Footballer of the Year is one of four candidates seeking the presidency of the West African country’s football association.
But he is still not certain to be on the ballot for the Sept. 5 vote.
On top of needing nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions, Drogba must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups: coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees.
They have not all made public who they are backing, and the candidates are first vetted by an electoral commission before qualifying to stand in the elections.
That outcome is expected to take five days, a federation spokesman said.
Drogba had until 5pm local time to submit his candidacy and was eagerly followed as he arrived at the Ivorian federation’s offices in a presidential-style convoy of cars.
Drogba played in three World Cups with the Ivory Coast and twice helped them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, also earning cult status among fans for his exploits with Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League.