ABIDJAN – He is enjoying legendary status in Africa and around the globe, but the Cote d’Ivoire icon Didier Drogba is still aiming high.
After hanging his scoring boots, the former Elephants skipper has officially announced his candidacy as president of Ivorian Football Federation, FIF.
Media reports have emerged that the retired striker that made his name in the English Premier League (EPL) with Chelsea, has filed his application for elections slated to be held later this year.
At 41, Drogba is set to face competition from a former playing colleague Bonaventure Kalou, who was elected mayor of the municipality of Vavoua in October 2018.
On the other hand, incumbent President Augustin Sidy Diallo is also a candidate, but he has been in the role since 2011.
Having also played for the English giants and lifted the EPL titles, UEFA Champions League among other trophies, Drogba announced his retirement as a player last year.
The former captain of the national team launched his glittering career at French side Le Mans in 1998, but did not play top-tier football until he was 23 when he was signed by Guingamp in 2002.
He moved to Olympique de Marseille in 2003 and a year later, he was signed by Chelsea where he became the attacking focal point of the team under Jose Mourinho and helped the club win their first top-flight English title in 50 years.
During his career, the talisman netted 164 goals in 381 appearances in two spells at Stamford Bridge, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012.
In addition, Drogba also lifted four FA Cups and three League Cup victories during his time in west London.
Meanwhile, he had most recently been playing in the United States of Americain the Major League Soccer with Phoenix Rising, the second-tier club at which he is a co-owner.
However, Drogba’s availability to lead the FIF has received mixed reactions with many football pundits stating that he is too big for such a role but advised him to go for a Ministry of Sport role.
One of the well-known football correspondents in Africa, Mamadou Gaye, believes the famous player that used to don the number nine shirt should follow former Liberia striker, George Weah, who went on to become the county’s president, and Drogba is urged to also use his influential personality to become a top official.
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