Journalist fired in Cote D’Ivoire for criticising Drogba’s absence from squad

The Ivorian FA sacked a journo for slamming coach Sabri Lamouchi after he dropped Didier Drogba from the squad against Gambia

The Cote D’Ivoire Football Federation (Fif) president Sidy Diallo on Friday parted ways with one of his media officers at the body after the journalist disapproved of the removal of Didier Drogba from the list of players that defeated Gambia 3-0 last month in the 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The FA boss described an article written by Jean Claude Djakus, who was employed at the body’s communication department, as sabotage to the national team and the Fif.

The story was published on the FA’s website on March 29 and essentially described Didier Drogba as a player currently indispensable to the Elephants and blamed coach Sabri Lamouchi for his choice not to include the team’s all-time top scorer.

Diallo said the journalist was not dismissed for his comments but for breaching code of conducts and ethics binding him with the institution.

Lamouchi earlier revealed that Drogba himself asked not to be invited for the game against Gambia and may return in their trip to Banjul next June.