CAIRO: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) vice-president Hani Abou-Reida was voted as North Africa’s representative in the International Federation of Football Association’s (FIFA) executive committee.
The EFA confirmed on its official website that Abou-Reida was beat Tunisia’s Selim Shayboub with a massive difference of 34 votes.
The results were announced during the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) annual awards ceremony, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday.
The ceremony witnessed the announcement of Egypt and Ahly as Africa’s best national team and club respectively for the year 2008.
Ahly playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika won the continent’s Inter-CAF award for best player, and the Pharaohs’ coach Hassan Shehata was chosen as tactician of the year.
Abou-Reida, who was head of the CAN 2006 organizing committee, is also head of Egypt’s Under 21 World Cup organizing committee.
He will be the first Egyptian FIFA member since Abdel-Aziz Mostafa, who was voted for a place at the world s football governing body in 1958.