Luanda — The member of the board of directors of the Jurisdictional Council of the Angolan Paralympic Committee (CPA), Celeste Maria Tchiama, was elected the first vice-president of the International Football Federation for Amputees (WAFF).
The Angolan was unanimously elected in a universe of 31 votes, of which from Angola, Cameroon and Uganda, during the WAFF Congress, in the United States of America, through the Zoom platform.
The organization is now led by Arif Umit, from Turkey, replacing the American Richard Hossmen, who has been in office since 2012.
A member of the CPA since 2006, Celeste Tchiama has occupied herself, in the last decade, in the area that accounts for football, in a period in which Angola became vice-champion and world champion, in 2014 and 2018, respectively, in Mexico.
She was also involved in winning the African Championship, held in 2019, in Benguela, in addition to being part of the Installation Commission for the revitalization of the African Confederation.
To the new first Vice-President of WAFF, the challenges are enormous, highlighting the need for membership in the International Paralympic Committee.
She explained that, currently, the sport is sponsored by the European Football Union, and therefore does not participate in the Paralympic Games.
It is recalled that the president of the CPA, Leonel da Rocha Pinto, also leads the African Paralympic Committee and is a member of the Executive staff of the International Paralympic Committee.
The secretary general of the CPA, António da Luz, is the treasurer of the African Paralympic Committee and president of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation - Africa, for the southern region.