Veteran Ivorian football journalist, Mamadou Gaye, has revealed the reasons why Didier Drogba lost the country’s Football Association elections.
The former Chelsea and Ivorian striker lost in the first round of the elections held on Saturday.
The Ivory Coast’s Football Federation elections was subsequently won by Yacine Idriss Diallo.
According to Gaye, the first signs of Drogba’s defeat came in rejections from football clubs from his village and the association of Ivorian football players, adding that he did not truly immerse himself with the Ivorian football community.
“This the guy who never lived in Cote d’Ivoire in all those years. He just comes and plays and goes back to France,” Gaye said.
“Most of the other African players like Eto’o and Sadio Mane understand what the African culture means. They did a lot for their villages, they left a legacy in their villages
“The first team to come out publicly to say they will not be voting for Didier Drogba was a club from his village.
“Then the Professional Footballers Association of Cote d’Ivoire, which Drogba helped to form, also turned their back on him.
“Now, if your football family and your physical family both reject you, by what miracle are you going to win?” he quizzed.