Idriss Diallo elected president, disappointment for Didier Drogba

Businessman Idriss Diallo, also a former member of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), has become the new boss of Ivorian football. He was elected by a short margin over Sory Diabaté on Saturday, April 23, 2022. A tight election that was decided after a second round of voting by 63 votes to 61. Former football star Didier Drogba had just been knocked out in the first round earlier, well ahead of the two favorites .

The college of voters, made up of 81 members representing L1, L2, D3 and interest groups, met at 10:00 am at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, in the administrative capital of Yamoussoukro. They voted late to elect the new FIF chairman, as well as the chairman, the vice-chairman and the members of the Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee.

Three successful candidates

There were initially six candidates registered for the candidacy for the presidency of the Ivorian Football Federation: Yatte Ellele Jean-Baptiste, Arnaud Aka, Laurent Kouakou, Idriss Diallo, Sory Diabaté and Didier Drogba.

On Saturday, three were officially selected: MM. Drogba, Diallo and Diabate. They were subjected to an “integrity investigation”.

On Saturday morning, the predictions leaned more towards Sory Diabaté, vice president of the body during the reign of the late Augustin Diallo. He presented himself as the candidate of the experience and as the heir to Augustin Diallo. Idriss Diallo intended to focus on amateur football.

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Didier Drogba, “The Call of the Street”

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Former Ivorian star striker Didier Drogba had promised “a new era” if he were elected president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on Saturday.

I think I have every chance to win this election” he said, pointing to ”the work of the staff” and the program called “RenaissanceMy priority after my election will be to unite, because Ivory Coast has been through too many crises and we have missed qualifying for two World Cups.he added.

He planned to reorganize Ivorian football from top to bottom and promised an increase in subsidies to clubs whose presidents are called upon to elect the new FIF leader.

Despite his status as an Ivorian football icon and the support of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Didier Drogba’s election was not a foregone conclusion: he spent most of his professional life abroad, while his two rivals perfectly managed the cogs and know how it works. of the FIF and Ivory Coast clubs.

For his opponents, Didier Drogba”does not make ground, he thinks that being a star is enough and does not go to the voters i.e. the club presidents‘ explained the entourage of one of the candidates.

And to add: “He was not doomed to collect the necessary number of sponsorships in two years, in fact it was necessary to reduce the number of sponsorships to four so that he could present himself

Didier Drogba was very popular in the Ivory Coast and received support from the streets. The singer Alpha Blondy had himself called up for his election in a video.

An election repeatedly postponed

The election of the FIF president has been postponed many times since 2020, due to a lack of clarity about the sponsorship system for the candidates and the rejection of Didier Drogba’s candidacy, due to a lack of sufficient support within the Ivorian clubs.

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Following the ouster of Didier Drogba on August 27, 2020, FIFA had requested an immediate halt to the election process until further notice.

The FIF was placed under receivership by FIFA in December 2020 in an attempt to resolve this crisis. A “standardization committee” was already installed.

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