Eto'o makes stance on Drogba bid clear

African Football

Didier Drogba's running for the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) presidency has divided opinion across the continent but Samuel Eto'o has made his stance clear.

The Ivory Coast legend officially submitted his bid to become the next leader of the nations Football Federation on Saturday in which he was greeted by mass hysteria amongst thousands of his devout fans.

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Despite his clear and obvious public backing against Idriss Diallo, Sory Diabate and Koffi Kouakou Paul for the role, there have been reservations around the former Chelsea striker's ambitious 'Renaissance Project'.

It's been suggested that Drogba will look towards building relationships in Europe rather than restructuring and rebuilding their domestic competitions - but Eto'o feels Drogba's vision would spark a new era for Ivorian football.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the wild scenes Drogba's arrival created in Ivory Coast

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"First let me remind you that all countries would like to have a Didier Drogba at home, so the Ivorians may not know that they have a great chance to have it," he said, as per AfriqueSports.

"If I was a member of the Ivorian football federation (FIF) I would not even hesitate to opt for Didier. Ivorian football needs change, progression, big sponsors, investors and evolution."

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He continued: "Modernisation and creation of new infrastructures; maintenance, management of infrastructure and development of sports medicine. This will be able to end the lack of transfers, the corruption, the boycotts, the insufficient salary of the players, coaches and referees.

"For that, I'm sure Didier is capable of it! Because above all, he has the love of his country. So as not to regret later, they would do better to vote Didier."

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Drogba will be hoping the public backing of the four-time African Footballer of the Year will sway votes when the FIF elections take place on 5 September.

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