Liberia: Mustapha Raji Assumes Presidency of WAFU

“I have decided to waive my rights covered in Article 39.1 and Article 45.2 of the LFA approved Statutes in the interest of football development.” – Mustapha Raji

 

Liberia Football Association (LFA) President Mustapha Raji has assumed the position of President of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone A, until its next General Assembly, CAF has confirmed.

Mr. Raji takes over from former president Mamadou Antonio Souare.

According to the LFA, CAF confirmed the assumption of Mr. Raji, who has been 1st Vice President, following the establishment of a ‘Normalization Committee’ by FIFA at the Guinean Football Federation, headed by its outgoing president, Souare.

Raji was elected Vice President of WAFU on October 12, 2019, at WAFU's congress held in Thies, Senegal. Article 19 paragraph 8 of the WAFU Zone A statutes states: "If the president loses his position as President of his National Association, he automatically loses the position of president of the zone and is replaced by the 1st vice president.’’ 

FIFA in June of this year sent a letter to the Guinean Football Federation (FGF), asking it to freeze, "until further notice," the election process for new leadership. This was eventually followed by the appointment of a normalization committee in November to run activities of the Guinean FA. The intervention of FIFA came as a result of "a series of irregularities" during the electoral process of the Guinean Federation.

The committee, according to FIFA, will run the daily affairs of the Federation and decide if changes need to be made to the organization's statutes and electoral code before conducting new elections.