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Sports journalist extraordinaire, Paul Bassey is African Club Association Vice Chairman



Paul Bassey, chairman of Akwa United who had an outstanding career as a sports journalist has been elected as inaugural vice chairman of the newly formed African Club Association, ACA.

At the inauguration of the association, formed under the auspices of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Hersi Said, President of Tanzania outfit, Young Africans was elected as the chairman.

Also elected along with Nigeria’s Paul Bassey is Kaizer Chief’s Jessica Motaung who will be the first Vice Chairman.

The African Club Association inaugural meeting was chaired by CAF President of CAF Dr Patrice Motsepe who saw a need for African Football Clubs to have a platform and a structure where they can have a voice in African football.

Full Board: African Club Association  


UNAF Zone: 

  • Khaled Abdelkader (Al Ahly, Egypt)
  • Taha Diay (Raja, Morocco)


  • Rodney Edmond Michael (Mighty Blackpool FC, Sierra Leone)
  • Famakan Dembele (AS Real Bamako, Mali)


  • Ayibatin Wilfrido (AS Loto FC, Benin)
  • Paul Bassey (Akwa United, Nigeria)


  • Hersi A. Said (Young Africans, Tanzania)
  • Hassan Ali Eissa (Al Hilal, Sudan)


  • Jessica Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
  • Salamo Newboy Hei (African Stars, Namibia)


  • Ravel Mondjo Mbouloungou (CS de Bendje, Gabon)
  • Guy Kapya Kilongozi (AS Maniema Union, DR Congo)

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.