By Olayinka Elebute
Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Beach Soccer Committee Hon. Sulieman Yahaya-Kwande, has added another feather to his growing profile in Beach Soccer has he was appointed to head the newly formed West Africa Beach Soccer Union (WABSU).
His appointments came on the heels of the tremendous success recorded in the just concluded CAF Beach Soccer Nation AFCON hosted in Lagos.
The experienced sports administrator is expected to bring to fore his rich expertise to the newly formed body on the West Africa sub-region and provide a working module that will drive the game of Beach Soccer on the sub-region to every home and make the game more popular.
It was also agreed that there should be an annual clubs tournament and national teams tournament aimed at improving the standard of the game in West Africa. Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana – unanimously voted that the union headquarters would be in Lagos.
The heads of these countries met officials of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Lagos, during the Beach Soccer Nations Cup to table their plans for the West African sub region.
The meeting was also attended by Joan Cusco, FIFA Beach Soccer Board Member and Managing Director and Alex Soriano, Head of Sponsorship BSWW
The former Chairman of Mighty Jet Football Club od Jos will however be assisted by the following members of his committee.
Mbahia Yves – Vice Chairman
Olajide Taye – Chief Operations Officer
Samson Adamu – Sponsorship/Marketing
Yaw Ampofo Ankrah – Media/Communications & Branding
Ibrahima Ndiaye Chita – Director of Competitions
Abdullahi Isa – Technical Director
Akre Benoit – Logistics Manager
Poku Amankwah – Youth Development Programme