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The West African Football Union (French: Union des Fédérations Ouest-Africaines de Football; Portuguese: União das Federações Oeste Africanas), officially abbreviated as WAFU-UFOA and WAFU, is an association of the football playing nations in West Africa. It was the brainchild of the Senegal Football Federation who requested that the nations belonging to CAF's Zone A and B meet and hold a regular competitive tournament. The union organises several competitions including the WAFU Nations Cup and in 2008 they organised an under-20 championship.

West African Football Union
Union des Fédérations Ouest-Africaines de Football
União das Federações Oeste Africanas
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  Zone A
  Zone B
Formation1975
TypeSports organization
Region served
West Africa
Membership
Official language
English, French and Portuguese
President
Ghana Kwesi Nyantakyi
Websitehttp://www.wa-fu.org

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Current membersEdit

CompetitionsEdit

WAFU runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth.

Competition Holders Next event
WAFU Nations Cup   Ghana (2017)
WAFU Women's Cup   Nigeria (2019)
WAFU U-20 Championship   Gambia (2018) 2020
WAFU-UFOA Zone B
WAFU-UFOA Zone A
  Nigeria 2018
  Senegal 2018
2020
2020
UEMOA Tournament   Togo (2016) 2018

Defunct CompetitionsEdit

Competition Years
Amílcar Cabral Cup 1979–2007
CEDEAO Cup 1977–1981
West African Nations Cup 1982–1987
West African Club Championship 1977–2011

PresidentsEdit

The union's current president is actually Amos Adamu, but he was banned for three years from football activity by FIFA over vote-buying claims for the bids of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. Kwesi Nyantakyi was appointed interim president in Adamu's absence. Adamu has since appealed the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[2]

FIFA RankingEdit

Men's national teamsEdit

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[4]

WAFU FIFA Country Points +/−
1 23   Senegal 1505  
2 44   Niger 1427  
3 51   Ghana 1412  
4 61   Burkina Faso 1371  
5 64   Mali 1363  
6 65   Ivory Coast 1356  
7 66   Guinea 1354  
8 72   Cape Verde 1325  
9 94   Benin 1257  
10 115   Sierra Leone 1354   1
11 120   Guinea-Bissau 1158   1
12 123   Togo 1136  
13 150   Liberia 1051  
14 166   Gambia 986  

Last updated 9 January 2019

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West African Football Union (Wafu) disbanded by Caf". British Broadcasting Corporation. BBC.co.uk. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Caf have split the West African Football Union into two separate zones". Goal.com. Goal.com. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Wafu Cup to make a comeback". BBC Sport. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) - CAF Region". FIFA. 4 June 2015.