The electoral committee in charge of the country’s FA election made the announcement on Thursday
On Thursday, the FIF Electoral Commission found the two-time African Footballer of the Year guilty of not meeting the criteria to become the head of the county’s football governing body.
One of the irregularities found in the 42-year-old’s candidacy was that two of his sponsors were found to have also backed his opponent, FIF’s first vice-president Sory Diabate.
The sponsors are Ivorian top flight side Africa Sports and a body representing referees, AMAF-CI.
The removal of Africa Sports’ backing left Drogba with two nominations from Ligue 1 clubs which means he did not meet the electoral requirements of having at least three nominations from the 14 top flight outfits.
Paul Koffi Kouadio is another candidate who had his bid rejected, leaving incumbent vice-president Diabate and former FIF vice-president Yacine Idriss Diallo as the two cleared candidates.
Drogba and Kouadio, however, have a five-day window to appeal the electoral body’s verdict.
The AFI’s negligence of Drogba has drawn condemnation from the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) who suspended the body as a member of the organisation.
Drogba played for the Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2014 before calling time on his international career.
He is the country’s all-time top scorer with 65 goals after 105 games, the country’s third-highest tally of international appearances after Didier Zokora (123) and Kolo Toure (120).
He played at five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013) and three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014).