The African Beach Soccer Union [ABSU] has appointed Nigeria’s Mahmud Hadejia as its chairman on Tuesday.
Hadejia’s appointment was ratified by the continental body’s steering committee following the Union’s virtual strategic meeting which featured a number of top African Beach Soccer stakeholders, with a focus on the structures, development, and growth of the exciting sand sport across Africa.
Until his appointment, Hadejia is the chairman of the Kebbi Beach Soccer Association, Kebbi Beach Soccer club, and a member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee.
Besides Hadejia of West Africa as the head, the ABSU leadership will have Uganda’s Deo Mutabazi (East East) as the first vice-chairman, and Seychelles’ Peggy Fremont (Southern Africa) and the second vice.
The ABSU, whose prime objective is to be a value-adding organization, complementing the efforts of respective parent National Football Associations is laying down the foundation for the collective lobbying, facilitation, and strategic development of beach soccer across the continent.
The meeting focused on three key matters like Leadership, Work-plan/Roadmap, and creation of Sub-Committees which included the selection of their representatives in order to help organise and plan the execution of their action timetable for the developmental project.
The committee informed all stakeholders that a draft work-plan currently being drafted would soon be announced in due course for further action.
Areas of focus for the new leadership are Technical & DVT (Edu/advocacy), Competition, Media/Communications, Women Beach Soccer, Referees, Marketing, TV & Sponsorship.
The ABSU is confident that the tireless efforts of all members in the quest to raise the level of beach soccer in Africa, is a collective mission that can be accomplished.
The next meeting of ABSU which was coordinated by the CEO of Beach Soccer Magazine Taye Olajide, would be held on the first weekend of August 2020.