Ivory Coast: death of Augustin Sidy Diallo, in the midst of a fight over his succession to the FIF

President Sidy Diallo has passed away. I come from his place“said Mr. Déhoulé, saying he was” dejected “. The FIF announced in a press release on November 9 that Augustin Sidy Diallo had been diagnosed positive for Covid-19, but no indication of the cause of death was given immediately.

The Ivorian, African and world football family has just lost one of its sons“, tweeted the former Ivorian star player Didier Drogba, who is running for the presidency of the FIF.”We are devastated by this sad news which shocks the entire football world in Côte d’Ivoire“, reacted the Ivorian international Yaya Touré on Facebook.

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Elected president of the FIF in 2011, then re-elected four years later, Sidy Diallo had decided not to run for a third term, even if the texts of the federation allowed him to do so. He was to leave his post last August, but since the day-to-day affairs, FIFA having suspended the electoral process to appoint a successor, after the rejection of Didier Drogba’s candidacy.

In nine years of presidency of the IFF, Sidy Diallo won two African Cups of Nations (CAN), one with the seniors in 2015, the other with the cadets in 2013, and Côte d’Ivoire participated at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but was eliminated in the first round.

The FIF has been experiencing a crisis around the succession of the outgoing president for months, which sees clash, in addition to Drogba, Sory Diabaté and Idriss Diallo.

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