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Drogba loses Ivory Coast federation election with zero vote

Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba has lost the Ivory Coast football federations presidency elections to his rival, Sory Diabate, without having a single vote.

According to Kenya website, Kahawa Tungu, Drogba was endorsed by 48 professional clubs, before he announced his candidature, making him the favourite to replace the current Ivorian Football Federation president, Augustin Diallo.

Drogba, a Chelsea legend, recorded zero votes out of the 11 cast by members of the professional football association, whereas 3 members abstained from the process.

The third candidate, Idriss Diallo, who is the Vice President of the federation also received zero votes from the ex-players.


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The election which was done via video conferencing has raised eyebrows in the country, with many suspecting foul play in the process.

Drogba was publicly backed by experience administrator, Eugene Diomande, who withdrew from the race. The endorsement made the former captain a strong favourite for the position.

The former Olympic Marseille striker will hope for a better outing when members of the Active Footballers Association, the coaches, referees and the physios also cast their votes.

Drogba announced his retirement from international football in 2014 after 12 years of playing for his country, scoring 61 goals in 108 appearances.

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