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Heartbreak for Didier Drogba as ‘skilled’ rivals knock him out of Ivorian FA elections

The election which after months of postponement, was held on Saturday, April 23 on the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro, and noticed Yacine Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate advance to the second spherical of the election ahead of Drogba.

The primary round which had a complete of 131 votes, noticed Diallo: a businessman and vice-president of Ivorian club Afad, win the spherical with 59 votes and, Diabate: a former vice-president of the FIF, come second with 50 votes. Drogba completed third with 21 votes.

The 44-year-old ex-captain of the Elephants and former striker at Marseille and Chelsea announced at first of 2020 his candidacy, with the intention that his “Renaissance” mission, might restore the image of the Ivorian sport.

Ahead of the elections, official polls of the electoral school’s 81 members (76 clubs and 5 interest teams) confirmed that each Diabate and Diallo have been largely beneficial candidates over Drogba.

Regardless of receiving backing from followers and a number of other ex-players, together with Yaya Toure, the previous soccer star was criticised by his two rivals, and labelled as ‘inexperienced.’

Should Drogba have gained, he might have turn into the second ex-footballer in current times to imagine the reins of soccer management on the African continent: following in the steps of Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s present FA president.

Drogba joined 5 others who have been voted in by the general public by means of a web-based vote and the Premier League Awards Panel.

In appreciation of his induction, the four-time Premier League winner wrote on his official Twitter account: “A real honour to be inducted into the @premierleague Hall of Fame. Thanks a lot to everybody that voted and to @chelseafc, the managers, coaches, players and followers that made my time within the PL such an unbelievable experience.”

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