The hope of Didier Drogba of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast’s football federation has suffered a serious setback.
This was after the failure of his fellow players to support his candidacy.
Drogba, 42, is one of three candidates standing for election as president of the Ivorian Football Federation in September.
He is yet to win the endorsement of any of the five special interest groups needed to get onto the ballot.
He was expecting to be backed by the footballers’ union, headed by former team mate Cyrille Domoraud.
But the members are supporting Idriss Diallo, one of the two other candidates.
“The majority of our members decided to grant our endorsement to the list led by Mr. Idriss Diallo,” said a statement by the Association of Ivorian Footballers.
It said members were remaining loyal to a grouping formed three years ago to contest the elections, before Drogba declared his candidacy.
Diallo had also previously received the backing of the local coaches’ association.
Drogba has also failed to win the endorsement of the referees and the association of former professionals, who are supporting rival Sory Diabate.