NAIROBI, December 18, 2017 - Kenya’s election apprehension will have to be pushed into the shade as leaders of sports journalists association in Africa have converged Kenya’s capital to once again put faith in the ballot.
AIPS member countries will vote on whom they want to lead them for the next four years on Monday December 18 in Nairobi.
It is the first time the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa congress is being held in East Africa.
And apart from electing new leaders, there is renewed belief that the congress will forge a new path to alleviate African sports journalism and build new bridges.
Among the posts that will be contested in the Africa branch of the global sports journalists association are the vice presidency and secretary general.
Angling for the vice presidency post is Morocco’s Mourad Moutaouakkil, Senegal’s, Abdoulaye Thiam, Guinea’s Amadou Diouldé Diallo, Cameroon’s Emmanuel Gustave Samnick and Ghana’s William Dodzi Ezah.
Benin’s Félix Souhounde Peperipé will be up for the Treasurer post.
Other individuals contesting for top posts are Ethopia’s Yonas Teshome Getaneh (vice president), Niger’s Mohamed Silimane Ganoua (assistant secretary general),Sudan’s Mufti Mohammed Saeed (vice-president), Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kabulo Mwana Kabulo (vice president), Ghana’s William Dodzi Ezah (secretary general), and Kenya’s Chris Mbaisi (vice president).
Incumbent AIPS Africa president Mitchell Obi will go into the ballot unopposed.
“It must be said that this current executive really started from scratch, there was nothing,” Obi said while reflecting on his first tenure in office.
“We started work when we got elected in Sochi, Russia and it has been a checkered endeavor premised on building bridges, going around various African countries settling differences. In some sports associations there were two or more associations.”
Obi said in his second term he will now be focusing on selling the product which he said he was unable to do in his first term as there was no goodwill.
“We will engage Confederation of African Football (CAF) to fashion out a working corporation for our members. We need to also cash in on the good will that we have built and that’s why I decided to come up with a new direction presented in Bamako. A plan on what or where we need to be looking at professionalism and ensuring that all our members enjoy the full benefits of being an AIPS member and promote that ethos that enables us to stand for good sports journalism around the globe. Only when you have a good product can you sell it well and we are at that point where we can sell that product.”
AIPS president Gianni Merlo described the congress as a “turning point.”
He however called on delegates to elect administrators no on personalities but people who can deliver.
There was also concern that all the members who had put their hands up for election had no written manifestos in which the electorate could make an informed decision in arriving at whom they wanted to lead AIPS Africa for the next four years.