It took a woman to bring to an end a 19-year reign of Egyptian Amr Elwani at the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB)

The former Moroccan international Hajij Bouchra became the first women to head the Cairo-based CAVB following a triumphant victory in an online poll that took place over a period of two days.

Bouchra, who retired from active volleyball just a year after Elwani was first elected as CAVB boss in 2001, became the fifth president of the continental volleyball governing body after garnering 42 (78 per cent) votes to Elwani’s 12. 

But this is not the first time that Hajij, who also serves as president of the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation, has written history.

Bouchra who retired from active volleyball in 2002, became the first African woman to be elected as FIVB Board of Administration (minority gender) member in 2016.

But her historic victory now opens a new chapter for the Moroccan, who has a background in education and marketing, to bring the much needed change at the CAVB that is currently grappling to save its image amidst financial accountability queries.

First, she will have to start by revisiting the 2019/2020 CAVB financial reports and budgets that were rejected at the last congress.

Elwani, 74, leaves top volleyball management after serving Africa for a cumulative 24 years, including 19 years as CAVB president and FIVB executive vice-president  

Before Elwani there were Chardly Zouiten of Tunisia, Nacef Salim (Egypt) and Louhry Gui Gui from Cote D’Ivoire.

FULL BOARD OF CAVB

CAVB PRESIDENT

Bouhra Hajij – Morocco

CAVB VICE-PRESIDENTS

Zone I

Adnan BAKBAK – Libya

Zone II

Rodrigues ANTONIO CARLOS – Cape Verde

Zone III Casimir SAWADOGO – Burkina Faso

Zone IV

Dokony Adiker IDRISS – Chad

Zone V

Waithaka KIONI – Kenya

Zone VI

Fredreck NDLOVU – Zimbabwe

FIVB BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION

Habu GUMEL – Nigeria 

Sanga Issouf KONE – Côte d’Ivoire 

Daniel Koboa MOLAODI – Botswana

GENDER MINORITY

Agness Nakaonga KAKOMA – Zambia 

Mpho PALIME – Lesotho

PRESIDENTS OF CAVB ZONES 

Zone I 

Mustapha LEMOUCHI – Algeria 

Zone II 

Bai Dodou JALLOW – Gambia 

Zone III 

Paul ATCHOE – Ghana

Zone IV 

Christian MATATA SHWITI – Congo

Zone V

Fernand Sauveur RUTERANA – Rwanda

Zone VI

Khalid CASSAM – Mozambique

Zone VII 

Kayseeven TEEROOVENGADUM – Mauritius