Drogba sparks wild scenes in Ivory Coast

African Football

Didier Drogba sparked wild scenes in Ivory Coast as he officially submitted his bid to become president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on Saturday.

Drogba, 42, is in the running to become the next leader of the nation's governing body against three other candidates; Idriss Diallo, Sory Diabate and Koffi Kouakou Paul.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the wild scenes in the nation's capital this weekend

The Elephants legend was initially embarrassed in the first round of voting against the trio when he earned zero votes from 14 former national team players for his ambitious 'Renaissance Project'.

READ: Drogba to run for FIF Presidency

His bid to revolutionise Ivorian football then took another major blow in July when the Ivory Coast Footballers Association (AFI) refused to sponsor his presidential bid.

But the Chelsea legend is seemingly unperturbed by the major setbacks as he spoked eloquently to the media amidst the masses the were sent into a frenzy upon his arrival to submit his bed for the elections set to take place on 5 Septemeber.

READ: Toure backs Drogba for presidency

"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," Drogba said.

"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."

Drogba ranks as the nation's all-time leading goalscorer with 56 goals and is the third highest-capped footballer in history with 105 appearances behind Kolo Toure (120) and Didier Zokora (123).

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