Mr. Sise heads the Sports Journalist Association of the Gambia (SJAG) and was elected SG on Saturday, February 25, the final day of the three day AIPS Africa congress in Dakar. He takes over from Ghanaian Bill Ezer who opted not to run for re-election.
Morocco’s Morad Moutaouakkil, who stepped down from vying for the position of president, retained his first vice president seat unopposed following the withdrawal of Sudan’s Mufti Mohammed and Nazim Bessol of Algeria.
Bessol, who previously served as member was elected in the second round of voting as one of the four vice presidents with a majority 10 votes.
With 16 votes, Chris Mbaisi of Kenya was the highest elected vice president, followed by Ms Bertille Missi Bikoun of Cameroon who got 15 votes while Mali’s Oumar Baba Traoré had 10 votes.
Mrs Liliane Nshimirimana from Burundi was the only candidate for the treasurer’s position. This is the first time in AIPS Africa that a woman will serve in this position.
Four new members were voted with Jerome Tiendrebeogo from Burkina Faso leading with 17 votes, Kodjo Avuletey of Togo received 14 votes, Fridolin Wambombo from Central Africa Republic got 12 votes and Ms Kadiatou Traoré from Guinea got 11 votes.
This is the first time that a Gambian has been elected into this prestigious body in steering the affairs of the continents sports press and media.
“I’m happy with the support of my African colleagues demonstrating trust and confidence. It also shows that we have been watched from a distance all this while and I thank my colleagues for that. I am also grateful for the support of my executive over the years and I thank them all”.
Musa Sise started his career with Radio Syd (Gambia) as a sports producer and musical programme host from 1986 to 1990.
Sise was the first foreign correspondent in Europe for The Point Newspaper and West Coast Radio from 1997 to 2012.
List of Executive Committee members
President: Abdoulaye Thiam – Senegal
1st Vice President: Morad Moutaouakkil – Morocco
Chris Mbaisi – Kenya
Ms Bertille Missi Bikoun – Cameroun
Oumar Baba Traoré – Mali
Nazim Bessol – Algeria
General Secretary: Musa Sise
Treasurer: Liliane Nshimirimana
Members: Jerôme Tiendrebeogo – Burkina Faso
Kodjo Avuletey – Togo
Fridolin Wambobo Kpengoulagna – Central African Republic
Kadiatou Traoré – Guinea