Royal Barotseland Scoops CONIFA African Presidency

10 September 2020
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FILE: Annual General Meeting World Football Cup Draw held in North Cyprus, 2018 - CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE. Photo Credits, CONIFA

 

The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), African region, has unanimously elected Barotseland as its continental President for the rest of the year.

And announcing its election, Royal Barotseland Ambassador-designate, His Excellency Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will officially hold the continental CONIFA presidency on behalf of the elephant Kingdom of Royal Barotseland, has said that his tenure will run up to January 2021 when the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will sit to elect the next president, which Barotseland will still be eligible to contest.

“I was voted unopposed by the Global ExCo (Executive Committee) after being endorsed by all African Member Countries," announced the notably excited Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will also be a member of the CONIFA Global Governing Body by being President for Africa.

Although the African CONIFA elections were delayed by about four months, it is the first time the African continent has been able to formally organize its continental government to spearhead the organization of football among African peoples who are yet to gain FIFA affiliation or have no desire to join FIFA altogether.

CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA, with members from all the continents of the world.

Among its North American members is the French-speaking Canadian region of Québec and Cascadia representing the Cascadia region of the USA and Canada.

In Europe, CONIFA has members such as Monaco, Western Armenia and Northern Cyprus, among many others, while some of the members from Asia are Tibet, Kurdistan and Western Papua to name but a few.

Hawaii and some Australian First Nations form part of the CONIFA membership from Oceania while Mapuche and Rapa Nui are among those drawn from South America.

The African region consists of, Barawa, Barotseland, Chagos Islands, Darfur, Kabylia, Matabeleland, Somaliland, Western Sahara and Zanzibar, among others.

CONIFA was founded on 7th June 2013, and organized its first World Football Cup in June 2014 in Ostersund, Sweden, in order to support representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories share in the joy of playing international football.

More news on CONIFA can be found on their official website CONIFA.ORG

Congratulations Barotseland and congratulations Africa!

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