The former Chelsea star has blown up the Ivory Coast Footballers’ Association for failing to represent their constituents properly
Didier Drogba resigns from his post as vice-president of the Ivory Coast Footballers’ Association (AFI) and announces his decision in a scathing letter to social media claiming that the organization shows a blatant lack of coherence.
The former Chelsea star has been in conflict with the AFI since refused to support him in his bid to become president of his country’s FA last year. The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) sided with Drogba in the dispute and placed the AFI under indefinite suspension.
Drogba also evoked a culture of passion at AFI that, from his perspective, let their voters down.
What was said?
“To all Ivory football players … I hereby announce that a few weeks ago I made the decision to resign from my post as Vice President of the AFI and at the same time from his Steering Committee,” Drogba wrote in the letter.
“We are all aware of the financial difficulties you are facing in the light of the passion of the majority of AFI leaders, who are supposed to represent you and defend your rights and interests.
“The AFI stands still. It no longer meets your needs or expectations. The bad decisions that followed one another have led to the deterioration of the basics of the organization.”
The former goal scorer indicated that members of AFI failed to properly consult the players about important decisions and that they generally show disrespect towards those they represent.
“I join your misunderstanding in light of this blatant lack of coherence,” he added. “The AFI belongs to you (the players). Be firmly convinced, it will be returned to you!”
Drogba blocks the presidency of the Ivory Coast Football Association
The AFI is one of five bodies that can sponsor a candidate during the FA election in Côte d’Ivoire, but last year the group backed the current vice-president of the FA, Idriss Diallo, for the presidency over a member of their own ranks.
Due to the move, Drogba could not officially participate in the race.
In response to FIFPro being suspended for not choosing Drogba, wrote the AFI: “[We] we want to remember that we are completely independent and take our positions at national level, taking into account the best interests of Ivory footballers.
“From its inception until today, AFI has always worked in full transparency in the interests of its members. That is why it wants to assure all its members of their commitment to defending their interests and respecting their choices and orientations for Ivory football.”