It is not clear what Didier Drogba plans to do after his bid for Ivory Coast’s football federation presidency faced unexpected complications.
The Chelsea legend is not technically out of the race but his chances have been reduced and time is running out. He has until Saturday by midnight to submit his documents to the Federation elections commission to be able to run for the top post.
In order to make that submission, he must obtain at least one endorsement from the five interest groups or associations affiliated to the Federation. Drogba is yet to achieve that and only one endorsement – from sports doctors – is up for grabs.
The other four, including those from retired footballers and active footballers, have been claimed, two each, by the other candidates, incumbent vice president of the body Sory Diabaté and former vice president Yacine Diallo.
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Drogba’s supporters, who keep slamming both footballers associations for not backing one of their own, believe the 42-year-old would get the backing of the doctors before deadline.
However, a late night social media post from Drogba himself has been spreading premonitory feelings among his fans most of whom see it as a sign of abdication.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Drogba tweeted that quote of Winston S. Churchill, with a photo of himself speaking to club owners while launching his campaign in February.
The vote will hold on September