Ivory Coast: Drogba promises "a new era" if he is elected as head of the Ivorian federation


The Ivorian Football Federation’s presidential candidate, Didier Drogba, detailed his schedule and promised “a new era”.

Former Ivorian star striker Didier Drogba on Monday promised “a new era” if he is elected president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on Saturday. “After April 23, a new era will begin for Ivorian football,” Didier Drogba said at a press conference in Abidjan, showing confidence in his victories against two of his opponents, former senior FIF officials. Idris Diallo and Sory Diabet.


“I think I have every chance of winning this election,” he said, highlighting the “work done by his employees” and his program called “Renaissance.” “My priority after my election will be to gather, because Cte ​​d’Ivoire has experienced a lot of crises that have caused us to miss qualifying for two World Cups”, he said.

three candidates running

He intends to reorganize Ivorian football from top to bottom and has promised increased subsidies to clubs whose presidents are called upon to elect a new leader of the FIF. “The club presidents have seen that my program will benefit them. As for the former players, we are going to put them on a mission to share their experiences with the youngest,” he said.

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Drogba, Diallo and Diabate were officially selected on Saturday as candidates – initially out of six – to run for the presidency of the FIF, whose election will be held in the Ivorian administrative capital Yamoussoukro on Saturday. However, the election of a new president would be definitively validated only if the results of an “integrity check” for which he would be submitted are known.

Despite his status as an Ivorian football icon and the support of the international federation, the election of Didier Drogba is not a foregone conclusion: he has spent most of his professional life abroad, while completely overseeing the affairs and functioning of his two rivals, the FIF and the clubs. know from of Cote d’Ivoire.


election postponed several times

As for his opponents, Didier Drogba “does not form grounds, he believes that it is enough to be a star and does not go to see the voters, which is what club presidents say”, according to one of the AFP candidates. Explains the team. Before adding: “This was not done in order to collect the required number of sponsorships in two years, it was necessary to reduce the number of sponsorships to four so that it could present itself”.

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The election of the FIF President has already been postponed several times since 2020, due to a dispute over the sponsorship system for candidates. The FIF was placed under guardianship by FIFA in December 2020, which has since established a “Standardization Committee”.


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