Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Hersi Said, the president of Tanzanian giants Yanga, was elected the first president of the African Clubs Association (ACA) on Thursday, November 30, 2023. Hersi was elected by the ACA’s general assembly in Cairo, Egypt, and will serve a four-year term.
Hersi is a successful businessman and engineer who has been a major force behind Yanga’s recent success. He has overseen the club’s transformation into a professional organization with strong financial footing. Said is also a strong advocate for African football and has been a vocal critic of corruption in the game.
In his acceptance speech, Said said that he was honored to be elected president of the ACA. He promised to work to improve the lives of African footballers and to promote the development of African football.
“I am committed to working with all of the clubs in Africa to make the game stronger and more sustainable,” Said said. “I believe that we can work together to create a better future for African football.”
Said will be assisted by Jessica Motaung, the CEO of Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa, and Paul Basset, the chairman of Akwa United of Nigeria.
The election of Said is a major victory for Tanzanian football. It is a sign that the country is making progress in the development of its football infrastructure. Said’s election is also a positive development for African football as a whole. He is a respected figure in the game with a proven track record of success.