Drogba fails in bid for Ivory Coast federation presidency

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The former world-class striker Didier Drogba has failed in his bid to become president of the Ivory Coast football federation after he was eliminated in the first round of voting.

Yacine Idriss Diallo was eventually elected president, the federation said online, by beating Sory Diabaté by 63 votes to 61 in the second round.

Drogba, 44, captained the Ivory Coast in a glorious playing career which saw him twice named Africa’s footballer of the year and hailed as a hero in his home country, for whom he is the record goalscorer.

Club honours include the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea in addition to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

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