Africa: Kurt Okraku Re-Elected As WAFU B President

Kurt Okraku has been retained as the President of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B following the regional body’s Elective General Assembly on Saturday.

Okraku, who is also the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), was re-elected unopposed for his first full term of office following the event in Abidjan.

No other nominations for the position had been received by the set deadline .

The Ghanaian took charge of the regional body last year following the decision of Djibrilla Hima Hamidou of Niger to step down in May 2021.

His election on Saturday means the 51-year-old will retain his position until 2026.

Several dignitaries including the Sports minister of Cote d’Ivoire Paulin Claude Danho, CAF General Secretary , Veron Mosengo-Omba, Ivorian FA president Yacine Idriss Diallo and CAF Presidential Adviser Jacques Anouma were in attendance at the event in the Ivorian capital.

New Nigeria FA President Ibrahim Gusau, CAF Executive Committee members Sita Sangare and Hamidou as well as legends Daniel Amokachi of Nigeria, former Ivorian goalkeeper Alain Gouamene and former Burkina Faso captain Boureima Balima were also present.

Togo FA president Colonel Kossi Akpovy was also retained as the first Vice-President as he also stood unopposed just as Lazare Bansse, who became the second Vice-President.

Okraku will lead WAFU B as it goes through a critical period of invigorating its competitions and reviving some of its defunct competitions.

“I want to thank our members for reposing the trust in me to lead this very important zonal body into the near future with challenges and so much promise,” Okraku said in his acceptance speech during Saturday’s meeting.

“Over the past one year we have organised competitions and training programmes aimed at making WAFU B strong in all areas of football.

“Together with my colleagues we have decided to revive some of our former competitions like the clubs’ championship and make the Wafu B Cup of Nations stronger.

“We will also organise events including a new awards programme to honour players from our region who are making us proud on the pitch.

“There will be more training programmes for administrators, referees, medics and media within the region to help uplift the game in other areas too.”