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Geremi Njitap is the new representative for African footballers in the FIFPro board, which will be installed at the 2017 FIFPro general assembly in December for a four-year term. He was elected during the recent FIFPro Africa congress in Accra, Ghana.

Officially Geremi takes the position of David Mayébi, who passed away last year and whose vacant seat is temporarily occupied by FIFPro Africa’s general secretary Stéphane Burchkalter until the new board is in place.

Both Geremi and Mayébi are Cameroon nationals, with the latter having been a mentor for the former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder, guiding him for several years while working at their local player association, Synafoc.

Geremi, who made 118 appearances for Cameroon’s national team, was also chosen on the FIFPro Africa board. He and Ghana’s Anthony Baffoe are the two new faces on the committee, where they are joined by Magdy Abdelghani (Egypt), Cyrille Domoraud (Ivory Coast) and Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe (South Africa). Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba is the honorary president of FIFPro Africa.

“We have always wanted to be close to top players,” said Stéphane Burchkalter, “not only because they are valuable examples, as they will help educate young players in their country, but also because we wanted to involve them politically and make them conscious of the importance of a powerful trade union.”

“Now we have a board, with a combined total of more than 400 national team appearances, which is ready to service our members and support players in need, with men who are fully engaged with FIFPro’s mission.”

“Looking at our board, I think the members of FIFPro Africa have made the right choice.”

2017 Africa board 640Africa's board: Cyrille Domoraud, Magdy Abdelghani, Geremi Njitap,
Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe and Anthony Baffoe