Victor Ezeji has revealed that he was shocked and unable to comprehend Didier Drogba’s defeat in the Ivorian football presidential election. Former Ivorian international Didier Drogba The ex-Chelsea star was tipped as the favourite to defeat challengers Idriss Diallo and Sory Diabate to the office. In Sunday’s election conducted among former Cote d’Ivoire players through video conferencing, the two-time African Player of the Year scored zero out of the 14 votes available. As well as Drogba, incumbent vice-president Diallo got no votes as league president Diabate reaped 11 ballots, while three withdrew. Didier Zokora, who was Drogba’s assistant captain, shockingly was among the retired players who failed to approve the 42-year-old. Nonetheless, Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) legend Ezeji who is gloomy about the outcome tries to find answers to what went wrong. “First, I will attribute this to envy because most times, ex-internationals seem to envy themselves especially when one is thriving, there are so much envy and bad blood,” the former Enyimba, Club Africain and Heartland forward told Goal. “I think that is one of the things that must have led Drogba not getting a vote from any of the ex-internationals which is very absurd. “In most sane countries, you’ll see ex-internationals head their FAs because it’s like putting a round peg in a round hole. That was what everybody expected it [the Ivorian election] to be. “Personally, I thought Drogba would have a clean sweep because the ex-internationals were involved. Unfortunately, that did not happen. “Also, when it comes to elections generally in Africa, people tend to sell their votes for envelopes. Drogba probably didn’t reach out to them or make mouthwatering promises. Loading… Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Real Faces Of The Women From World Famous PaintingsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable LooksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? “Like my friend would say, for you to know how popular you are, it is when you contest for an election.” Before drawing the curtain on his illustrious career in 2018, Drogba enjoyed a trophy-laden spell – especially in England where he claimed four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups. Some have attributed his indecent loss to a lack of experience – an assertion Ezeji totally disagrees with. “We might say he doesn’t have the experience, but there is no market in this world where experience is sold,” he continued. “Sometimes, you have to learn on the job and having played at the highest level, I think that’s enough experience. “Again, they might have felt he is not capable enough to lead their FA, well, that’s their personal opinion which I don’t want to dabble into, but I still believe they should have stood by Drogba and see how it would go, unfortunately, they failed to do that.” The 2003 Caf Champions League winner and ex-Nigeria international suggests Drogba should explore what happened to know where things fell apart. “This issue needs to be treated with urgency because we have always lamented that ex-internationals are being relegated when it comes to football administration, and here one man is taking it upon himself to take the mantle of leadership but he is being turned down by his fellow ex-internationals,” he added. “It is not a good thing, I feel Drogba should go deep to find out what really happened because it is very unbelievable that out of 14 people, 11 voted against him and three absconded. He should also find out why the three absconded.” read also:How Anelka, Drogba blazed trail with chaotic season in China Drogba will be hoping that members of Cote d’Ivoire’s active footballers’ association, coaches, referees and physios will vote in his favour. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
By Martyn HermanMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Defending champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open yesterday.The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on a packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a willing but outclassed Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.The only time Federer looked remotely stumped came during a post-match interview conducted by American comedian Will Ferrell who told him he had played like a “silky gazelle”.“Don’t they get eaten in the end?” Federer ventured before being asked whether he was a witch or a vampire and whether his age-defying performances were down to a diet of wombat meat.“I was a bit scared,” Federer joked. “I‘m happy I dodged some questions there.”While Ferrell provided some unexpected comedy, Federer again proved that when it comes to tennis he is king of the jungle.Any player hoping to stop him retaining his title and claiming a 20th grand slam will have to be pretty special on this evidence.Federer looked just as imperious as when he won the last five games to beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s thrilling final and end a five-year wait for his 18th major.Poor Bedene, no mean performer at world number 51, can now at least say he has witnessed Federer’s brilliance first hand, having never previously faced him.He played his part in entertaining exchanges but Federer, sporting a diagonal pink stripe on his immaculate white kit, was in one of those moods when he could strike winners at will.He broke Bedene’s serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve.Federer pounced immediately at the start of the second, producing a fizzing backhand return before leaping high to smash away Bedene’s defensive lob.The winners began to pile up and one member of the sell-out crowd yelled, “Give him a chance, Rog” late on.But Federer was in no mood to hang around and he finished the match on Bedene’s serve when his opponent netted a backhand.“I am hoping for another good year,” Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.“I am not sure it will go as well (as 2017) because I‘m a year older, Rafa’s looking in tip-top shape and other guys are coming back.”His next opponent will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff tomorrow when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to climb to about 40 degrees centigrade.“I’ll ask for a night match just because I played night tonight. It’s just easier, to be honest, rather than going from night to day to night to day to night to day,” Federer said.
DES MOINES — The leader of a House committee is promising to block any attempt to adjust the pension benefits awarded through the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System — commonly called IPERS.Republican Representative Bobby Kaufman of Wilton is chairman of the House State Government Committee, the panel that would consider any IPERS policy changes.“There is very simply and unequivocally not going to be changes,” Kaufmann said Tuesday.A Republican state senator introduced a bill last year that would have enrolled future state and local government employees into something like the 401k systems available in the private sector. Kaufmann said if that idea is resurrected in the state senate, it will go nowhere in the Iowa House and groups that are saying otherwise are wrong.“All these groups that are pushing out this crap, after today what you are doing will be completely deceitful, so I want to make it crystal clear,” Kaufmann said. “Republicans never had intentions of taking away or substantively changing your IPERS and going forward over the next two years unequivocally there will be none.”Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, said because Republicans made dramatic changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining law in 2017, there’s a “lack of trust” when Republicans make pledges about public workers’ pensions.“I appreciate the fact that you’re very adamant about making no changes and I think that’s important,” Mascher said during Tuesday’s committee meeting, “but that message needs to be delivered to the senate, because they have been proposing legislation.”Kaufmann replied that no bill becomes law without coming through the Iowa House.“It is absolute that after today, any group that sends out the email scaring our constituents, I’m going to publicly call you a liar,” Kaufmann said.Progress Iowa is one of the group’s Kaufmann specifically cited Tuesday. The group’s executive director in a written statement said retirement security is “too important for us to stay silent” and his group “won’t be bullied by Bobby Kaufmann.”