World football governing body, FIFA has called on the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) to halt its election campaign after Didier Drogba’s bid was rejected.
FIF’s election has been enmeshed in controversies and on Thursday, Drogba’s candidacy was thrown out as he had only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs.
“We request the suspension of all action in relation to the election process until further notice.”
Drogba’s election team was not surprised with FIF’s decision.
“Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election.” a member of Drogba’s team said.
Drogba also has the backing of the association for the former and its current players equivalent and has five days to appeal FIF’s decision.
Drogba is contesting against FIF’s former third vice-president Idriss Diallo and the current vice-president of the national body and president of the League, Sory Diabate.