Asamoah Gyan urges Ivory Coast Football Federation to accept Drogba’s candidacy

Asamoah Gyan urges Ivory Coast Football Federation to accept Drogba’s candidacy

- Asamoah Gyan is not happy that Didier Drogba’s quest to become FIF president has been dashed

- The former Chelsea star has his bid rejected by the Ivorian football house

- Ghanaian legend Gyan has stated that footballers should be allowed into administration

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Asamoah Gyan has stated that football legends deserve a place in administration citing concerns after Didier Drogba’s candidacy was rejected for the next Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) presidential elections.

Backing the former Ivorian international, Gyan who is Ghana’s all-time leading scorer calls for the acceptance of Drogba’s bid as he urged for a fair playing ground ahead of next month’s election.

Didier Drogba's quest to become the new Ivory Coast Football Federation president suffered a major setback after the electoral commission turned down his candidature.

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The Chelsea legend along with three others expressed their interests in becoming the country's football body top boss.

Reports claim the body's electoral commission decided to throw his application out after discovering that two of his sponsors are already standing-in for another candidate.

Drogba submitted Club Africa Sport and the Referees Association as his guarantors, but they are already backing Sory Diabaté for the same position.

Football fans will find this piece of information very difficult to take having trooped out en-mass to drum support for the Ivorian football legend.

Drogba represented the Elephants twice at the FIFA World Cup (2006 and 2010) with well over 100 national team appearances credited to his name.

Asamoah Gyan urges Ivory Coast Football Federation to accept Drogba’s candidacy
Asamoah Gyan urges Ivory Coast's FIF to accept Drogba’s candidacy. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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He also played for Chelsea, Marseille, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as well as Galatasaray in Turkey before hanging up his professional boots in 2018.

An application for Paul Koffi Kouadio was also rejected leaving Diabaté and Yacine Idriss Diallo, a former FIF 3rd vice-president as the remaining candidates.

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“Football legends deserve a place in administration, Didier Drogba has seen it all with the national team and club teams,” Gyan wrote in support of the Chelsea legend.

“I am for his transition into management and support his bid... allow a fair playing ground and let the people/association decide.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke has stated emphatically that Lille striker Victor Osimhen has the potential of becoming greater than Didier Drogba.

Drogba was among the best strikers in the world during his active playing days for Chelsea in which he scored many incredible goals for the Stamford Bridge landlords.

The likes of Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, and Kanu Nwankwo are regarded as the most successful African strikers considering the number of titles they won in Europe.

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