“FIFA and CAF have decided to set up a FIFA-CAF committee responsible for hearing (…), Thursday, September 3 by videoconference”, the members of the electoral commission and the emergency committee, as well as FIFA president Sidy Diallo and his secretary general, writes Fifa.
Fifa suspended on August 27 the electoral process within Fif after the rejection of Didier Drogba’s file.
The Fifa-Caf commission will be composed in particular of two members of Fifa as well as a representative of the Governance Commission of CAF, according to the letter sent to FIFA dated September 1 and reached AFP on Wednesday.
The election, in the form of imbroglio with incessant infighting, has become a real soap opera since June. This is the third intervention of Fifa in ten days.
According to the Fifth Election Commission, Drogba did not meet the eligibility conditions, not having gathered sufficient sponsorship to present a candidacy.
His entourage had said he was not “surprised by the rejection”, assuring that he would “react”.
Fifa last week overturned a FIFA decision that suspended the electoral commission, thus going in Drogba’s direction, but a new twist had then taken place with the resignation of the presidency of the commission of the former minister of Sports René Diby. Then, the decision to reject Drogba’s candidacy.
This rejection shows the star’s difficulties in establishing himself in his country, despite his status, his record, his hundred selections (65 goals) and his fortune.
One of the most popular in the country, Drogba, who has long carried the Ivorian selection on his shoulders, has received the support of many former partners such as Eugène Diomandé, the brothers Yaya and Kolo Touré, Aruna Dindane, as well as many personalities.
However, other former players such as Cyril Domoraud, Bonaventure Kalou or Ahmed Ouattara support the candidacy of Idriss Diallo, former 3rd vice-president of Fif, while the president of the League, Sory Diabaté, has the support in particular of Didier Zokora, Youssouf Fofana or Abdoulaye Traoré (known as Ben Badi).