The West African Football Union (WAFU) has resurrected its Nations Cup competition after sealing a sponsorship deal with SuperSport.
The South African broadcaster has agreed a three-year deal with WAFU worth $200,000 per year. The announcement came as Ghanaian Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was re-elected unopposed as WAFU president for a two-year term in office. “I am happy to inform delegates that our annual WAFU competitions have come to stay,” he said, according to BBC Sport. “In spite of our limited financial resources we are determined to making it successful every year.”
Nyantakyi added: “We have negotiated a sponsorship agreement with SuperSport to cover the WAFU Cup for the next three years. Under the agreement SuperSport will pay WAFU an annual fee of $200,000 to organise two competitions – a Nations Cup competition and a clubs championship. The WAFU Nations Cup will be dedicated to competitions for the senior teams for men and women and the youth or age group competitions. The clubs championships will look at developing club football in the sub region. Alongside these competitions, we will undertake clinics for coaches and referees.”
In other news, the WAFU congress has approved a petition to be sent to FIFA calling for an increase in the number of places for African countries at the World Cup. The organisation has also backed the Ivory Coast’s bid to host the 2019 or 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.