Toure backs Drogba for presidency

African Football

Yaya Toure has issued his support to former national team captain and teammate Didier Drogba for the presidency of the Ivorian Football Association (FIF).

Drogba appeared as a favourite for the role up against incumbent vice-president Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate but was quickly brought down back to earth following the first round of elections as votes were cast by former players.

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While three withdrew during the video conference voting session, Diabate took 11, embarrassing the Chelsea legend who's promised ambitious changes for the future of Ivorian football.

But four-time African Football of the Year, Toure, believes Drogba if the right man for the job, endorsing the 42-year-old ahead of the next rounds of elections.

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"It's time for change in our football. It needs modernity," Toure said via his official Instagram account.

"When I say I support Drogba, it's also for the good of the country, to have a former player of his kind investing himself in Africa.

"Didier was my big brother, my captain. People talked a lot about us but we were always calm, wise. We know each other.

"Too many people tried to criticise him, the press, fans. I know he is looking for support and I hope he will get it from some of the voters, presidents of clubs or AFI (Ivorian Association of Football Players)."

Current players of the national team will be the next voters in the process and Drogba will be hoping Toure's words can sway in his favour against Diabate.