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Former Morocco women’s national team player Bouchra Hajij elected President of African Volleyball Confederation


FIVB Executive Vice-President and President of the Moroccan Volleyball Federation Bouchra Hajij was elected President of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) during the virtual CAVB Electoral Congress.

Bouchra Hajij, a former Morocco women’s national volleyball team player from 1986 to 2002, received 42 votes from 54 National Federations (77.78 per cent), thus becoming the first-ever woman to lead the CAVB. Meanwhile, outgoing President Dr Amr Elwani of Egypt, who has led the Continental Confederation since 2001, was supported by 12 National Federations.

CAVB President Bouchra Hajij, who will now lead the organisation for the next four years, said:

“I am delighted to be able to lead the CAVB as we work together to grow and develop volleyball in the region. I am so grateful for the FIVB’s ongoing support, even during these challenging times, and I know that the future is bright for this incredible sport in Africa.”

CAVB delegates meet via video conference for Electoral Congress

The CAVB Electoral Congress also saw the election of the CAVB Board of Administration for the upcoming four years, including Vice-Presidents Adnan Bakbak of Libya, Rodrigues Antonio of Cape Verde, Casimir Sawadogo of Burkina Faso, Dokony Adiker Idriss of Chad, Waithaka Kioni of Kenya and Fredrec Ndlovu of Zimbabwe. Moreover, Mpho Palime of Lesotho and Agness Nakaonga Kakoma of Zambia were elected as gender in minority candidates.

In addition, IOC Honorary Member Habu Gumel from Nigeria, Sanga Issouf Kone from Côte d'Ivoire and Daniel Koboa Molaodi from Botswana were voted to represent the CAVB on the FIVB Board of Administration which will be elected during the FIVB World Congress early next year.

In light of the global pandemic, the Congress was held via videoconference with the support of the FIVB. Of CAVB’s 54 National Federations from seven Zonal Associations, 53 joined live with only Guinea Conakry absent. The voting process was conducted by Lumi Global, the global leader in this technology, and verified by the PricewaterhouseCoopers team in London, ensuring a robust, fair and effective process. 

Delegates also voted for the Presidents of CAVB’s seven Zonal Associations, and are as follows:

• Mustapha Lemouchi (ALG) – Zone I President

• Bai Dodou Jallow (GMB) – Zone II President

• Paul Atchoe (GHA) – Zone III President

• Christia Matata Shwiti (COG) – Zone IV President

• Fernand Ruterana (RWA) – Zone V President

• Khalid Cassam (MOZ) – Zone VI President

• Kayseeven Teeroovengadum (MUS) - Zone VII President

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