Drogba still frontrunner in rumours of challenge to Diallo for Ivorian FA presidency

By David Owen

November 19 – Reports suggest that former Chelsea star Didier Drogba looks increasingly likely to make a bid for the presidency of the Ivorian football federation.

According to Jeune Afrique, the 41-year-old former national team captain recently met representatives of third division clubs in the city of Abidjan, subsequently declaring: “I am here to trigger a change, not to enrich myself at the federation, since I have decided to invest myself in local football in a country I love.”

An election is expected in the first quarter of next year. Incumbent president, Augustin Sidy Diallo is said to have not yet announced whether he intends to seek a third term.

Drogba is an absolute monument of football in Côte d’Ivoire. He retired from the national team five years ago having notched a record 65 goals in 105 appearances. This included playing in three consecutive World Cups between 2006 and 2014, and two African Cup of Nations finals, both lost on penalties.

Contact the writer of this story at moc.l1593966637labto1593966637ofdlr1593966637owedi1593966637sni@n1593966637ewo.d1593966637ivad1593966637