Chelsea legend Didier Drogba enters race to be president of Ivory Coast football

CHELSEA legend Didier Drogba has submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football.

The 42-year-old is one of four people vying it out for the position.

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Didier Drogba hopes to be voted president of football in Ivory Coast next month[/caption]

The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place next month.

And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in.

However, he is still not certain to be on the ballot.

Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.

The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees, according to Reuters.

Drogba, who snubbed a coaching role at his beloved Chelsea in order to focus on running for president, said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.

“We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.”

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The Blues icon added:”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football.

“If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.”

The presidency ballots will be held on September 5.


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