Football Politics And The Footballer

By Segun Odegbami

 I have read several reports, mostly on social media, about Didier Drogba’s attempt to contest for the Presidency of the Cote D’Ivoire Football Federation…….

….all he needed were the few votes of his colleagues in the domestic fraternity of footballers. 

In 1998 or so, i needed to meet certain conditions and fulfil certain a very long and convoluted election process had been introduced and I needed to start the process from the State level with booby traps….. set all along the way. 

Anyway, I confidently go around the 6 States in the South West zone, my home, my territory, where I played all my football, and won everything national and international.

The only other contestant is a woman. I do not know who she is.

On election day, I arrive the venue. I know almost everybody there…… We are hugging and kissing as we await start of elections. 

Suddenly there is a change of rule……they ask all the electorates to line up behind their choice of contestant, State by State. 

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