MWT 2015 – Preparatory meeting with Mayor Faye of St.Louis

IMG_1425A five -man delegation led by WAFU President Augustin Senghor held a very fruitful meeting with the Honourable Mansour Faye, Mayor of St Louis on the proposed hosting of the second edition of the WAFU Football Tournament named after the Late Mawade Wade.

President Senghor briefed the Hon. Minister and Mayor about the decision of CAF to divide Africa into six zonal unions for ease of administrative and communications purposes. He then reiterated Senegal’s position in West Zone A and our desire to honour great football administrators and players in all the nine Member Associations of our Zonal Union. He informed the Hon. Minister that the first edition was organised in the Caroline Faye Stadium in Mbour in December 2014 which served as a preparatory tournament for Mali and Senegal, the two teams that played in the Orange Africa U-20 Championship and went on to represent Africa in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, New Zealand 2015. His remarks were buttressed by SFF Vice President, Mr. Abdoulie Sow who equally explained the relevance of this competition since Mawade’s exemplary qualities as a Sports administrator has immensely contributed to the development of not only Senegalese but African Football as a whole. 

In a short but precise speech, SFF Secretary General, Victor Seh Cisse called for the involvement of the Wade family in the tournament. WAFU General Secretary informed the meeting that the late Mawade Wade was a mentor and a teacher to most of the current generation of sports administrators. As such, it is quite befitting that a tournament of this magnitude is organised in the city of his birth and in the stadium named after him.

IMG_1423Mayor Faye thank the delegation for this great idea and confirmed his commitment in the successful hosting of this tournament in the name of a great son of “Ndarr”.  President Senghor handed over the official letter of request from WAFU for the hosting of the Tournament in St.Louis. The meeting observed that the proposed date for the commencement of the tournament September 25, 2015 was close to the Muslim Feast of Tobaski and a new date October 3 – 10, 2015 was agreed upon.

By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang