The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Liberia’s football Chief, Mustapha Ishola Raji, as the Vice President for youth football competitions on the continent.
Raji, who is also Vice President of the West African Football Union (WAFU Zone A) will serve along side CAF’s third vice president, and President of Djibouti Football Federation, Suleiman Waberi, who will be aided by vice president Pierre Alain Mounguengui (President of Gabon Football Federation).
The appointment comes through a proposal by CAF President Patrice Motsepe to the then CAF emergency committee, who forwarded the names to the executive committee for ratifications and confirmed at an executive committee meeting in Kigali, Rwanda between 14-15 May.
The 46-year-old LFA President was also recently voted as an Executive Committee (ExCo) Member of CAF after defeating his opponent Mamadou Antonio Souare (President of Guinea Football Federation) 37 to 14 votes at the CAF 43rd Extraordinary and Elective Congress in Rabat, Morocco, back in March this year.
The youth competition committee has been charged with the responsibilities to organize the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 Nations Cup finals.
Football stakeholders, clubs owners and other followers of the game have graded the LFA boss high for his commitment to football development in the country since taking over the local football house in 2018, terming him as ‘the right pole in the right hole.’
Raji becomes the second Liberian to get a prestigious position from the continent’s football ruling body nearly two weeks after football star turned-President, Dr. George Manneh Weah was named First Ambassador of the Pan African School Football Competitions when the presidents of FIFA and CAF, Gianni Infantino and Patrice Motsepe paid a day visit to the shore of Liberia.