On Wednesday 17th February 2016, the Heads of National Football Associations attended the second General Assembly of West Zone A in the Novotel Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. The opening ceremony was graced by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports (Senegal), Secretary General of the Olympic Committee (Senegal) and Executive Committee members and Staff of the Senegalese Football Federation.
Seven of the nine countries were represented namely; Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. Cape Verde and Sierra Leone were absent.
The Assembly deliberated on issues to advance the development aspirations of the Zonal Union and adopted the reports submitted by the General Secretary. It also accepted the proposal put forward by the President of Liberia FA for hosting a football tournament in Monrovia later this year to honour the Presidency of H.E Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who would be leaving office after serving two terms.
Members also heard presentations of Manifestos from FIFA Presidential candidate Prince Ali Al Hussein whilst Sheikh Salman was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Maradas and Gianni Infantino was represented by Mr. Veron Moesongo-Omba.
The Assembly issued a resolution endorsing CAF Executive Committee’s call for African Associations to vote for Sheikh Salman. It further reiterated that this resolution does not in anyway freeze the independence of National Associations to vote for candidates of their choice.
The Assembly was chaired by President Augustin Senghor who was re-elected unopposed for another four- year term in elections conducted by Mr. Almamy Kabele Camara, 2nd Vice President of CAF as follows:
Mr. Musa Hassan Bility (Liberia) – 1st Vice President
Mr. Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania) – 2nd Vice President
Mr. Baboucarr Baba Diarra (Mali) – 3rd Vice President
Mr. Lopes Manuel Nascimento (Guinea Bissau) – 4th Vice President
Ms. Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone) – Member
Mr. Lamin Kaba Bajo (Gambia) – Member
Mr. Salifu Camara (Guinea) – Member
Mr. Victor Ozorio (Cape Verde) – Member
CAF Vice President Almamy Kabele Camara and Mr. Amadou Diakite, CAF Executive Committee Member were confirmed as Honorary Presidents of the West Zone A.
More to follow.