Didier Drogba confident of becoming Ivorian Football Federation chief


With the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) presidential elections coming up this week, African legend Didier Drogba has issued a strong statement about his chances of being elected as head of the organisation.

The Chelsea icon has declared he is in a good position to become president of the FIF after the candidate list was cut from six to three individuals, including himself, on Saturday.

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The electoral process, which has been postponed a number of times since 2020, is set to take place on Saturday, 23 April, in the country's capital city, Yamoussoukro.

A confident Drogba faces stiff competition from two former senior officials of the footballing body in Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate.

"After 23 April, a new era will begin for Ivorian football," the 44-year-old said at a press conference in Abidjan, per L'Equipe.

"I think I have every chance of winning this election," he added, highlighting the work done by his staff and his programme, which is called Renaissance.

"My priority after my election will be to unite because Cote d'Ivoire has experienced too many crises which have caused us to miss qualification for two World Cups."

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The four-time Premier League champion has also promised to increase the subsidies given to domestic clubs, whose owners will be the voters in the upcoming election.

"Club presidents have seen that my programme will benefit them," he continued.

"As for the former players, we are going to put them on a mission to share their experiences with the younger ones."

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