Two of Africa’s iconic volleyball personalities will have off in a historic elections as the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) goes to the polls today.
Celebrated ex-Moroccan women’s national team player Bouchra Hajij is set to challenge Amr El Elwani’s 20 years stay at the top of volleyball management in the African continent.
Bouchra retired from active volleyball in 2001 and since risen to the position of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation presidency. She’s also one of the FIVB vice presidents.
She is targeting to write another piece of history as the Moroccan volleyball icon attempts to become the first African woman to head African volleyball.
To do that, she’ll need at least 28 of the 54 votes in the forthcoming CAVB elections slated for 24th to 25, October 2020, if she’s to unseat the long serving Elwani.
The polls which will run for two days, will for the first time be be conducted electronically.
Elwani, 65, will be running for the the CAVB presidency for the sixth time.
He was first elected into office in 2001 the year that Bouchra retired form active volleyball.
But before he took over the running of African volleyball, Elwani, who is a certified endoscopic and consultant vascular surgeon, and former president of Zone V, had served at different position at the CAVB since 1998.
This basically means that he will be one of the longest serving members of the African Volleyball family should he get another four-year term that will see him take to 24 the total number of years served at CAVB by 2024.
There is no term limit at the Cairo-based Africa volleyball confederation.
Going by experience and network in the volleyball circle, Bouchra comes second to Elwani, a major general doctor in the Egyptian police, who played for Al Al Ahly club and the Egyptian national team between 1962 and 1974.
After retirement from active volleyball as a player, the six-time Africa Player of the Year served as a board member of Al Ahly before heading the Egyptian volleyball Federation between teh 1995 and 2008.
It remains to be seen whether Africa will herald a new era of leadership at CAVB or the maintain the status quo.