Didier Drogba received by thousands of fans in his indigenous country in Cote d’Ivoire after verifying his interest in becoming the next FA president.
The former Chelsea striker will contend with four other runners for the highest position in football administration in his country.
The election is scheduled for September 5, and the past Elephants’ striker is hopeful his fruitful footballing career with club and country would aid him win the elections.
But the former Marseille forward’s desire tolerated a huge blow after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association turn down to support his contention.
Drogba said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.
“We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.
”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football.
“If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today,” quoted by The Sun.
Drogba remains his country’s highest goal scorer with 65 goals in 105 appearances and is the third most capped player after Kolo Toure who has 120 and Didier Zokora with 123 caps respectively.
The 42-year-old represented the Elephants in three World Cup and five AFCON tournaments in his 12-year spell.