West African Football Union

The West African Football Union (French: Union des Fédérations Ouest-Africaines de Football; Portuguese: União das Federações Oeste Africanas), officially abbreviated as WAFU-UFOA and WAFU, is an association of the football playing nations in West Africa. It was the brainchild of the Senegal Football Federation who requested that the nations belonging to CAF's Zone A and B meet and hold a regular competitive tournament. The union organises several competitions including the WAFU Nations Cup and in 2008 they organised an under-20 championship.

West African Football Union
  Zone A
  Zone B
TypeSports organization
Region served
West Africa
Official language
English, French and Portuguese
Kwesi Nyantakyi
AffiliationsCAF, FIFA

Current members

The union was founded in 1975 with all the current members, but in 2011 the Confederation of African Football decided to split it into two zones, citing "the organisational issues that face WAFU."[1][2]

  • Zone A (Niger)
  • Zone B (Volta Niger)

Mauritania is the only WAFU member to also be a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations.

Zone A

Country Year Governing body National team captain
 Cape Verde 1975 Cape Verdean Football Federation Nando
 Gambia Gambia Football Association Pa Dembo Touray
 Guinea Guinean Football Federation Kamil Zayatte
 Guinea-Bissau Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau Unknown
 Liberia Liberia Football Association George Gebro
 Mali Malian Football Federation Seydou Keita
 Mauritania Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Unknown
 Senegal Senegalese Football Federation Papiss Cissé
 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Football Association Ibrahim Kargbo

Zone B

Country Year Governing body National team captain
 Benin 1975 Benin Football Federation Stéphane Sessègnon
 Burkina Faso Burkinabé Football Federation Moumouni Dagano
 Ghana Ghana Football Association Asamoah Gyan
 Ivory Coast Ivorian Football Federation Serge Aurier
 Niger Nigerien Football Federation Ouwo Moussa Maazou
 Nigeria Nigeria Football Federation John Obi Mikel
 Togo Togolese Football Federation Serge Akakpo


WAFU runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth.

CompetitionHoldersNext event
WAFU Nations Cup Senegal (2019)2021
WAFU Zone B Women's Cup Nigeria (2019)2021
WAFU Zone A Women's Cup
WAFU Zone A U-20 Championship  Gambia (2018)2019
WAFU Zone B U-20 Tournament Senegal (2018)2020
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualification
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations qualification
 Nigeria 2018
 Senegal 2018
UEMOA Tournament Togo (2016)2018

Defunct Competitions

Amílcar Cabral Cup1979–2007
CEDEAO Cup1977–1981
West African Nations Cup1982–1987
West African Club Championship1977–2011


The union's current president is actually Amos Adamu, but he was banned for three years from football activity by FIFA over vote-buying claims for the bids of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. Kwesi Nyantakyi was appointed interim president in Adamu's absence. Adamu has since appealed the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[2]

  • K. Tandoh (1975–1977)
  • Seyi Memene (1977–1984)
  • Abdoulaye Fofana (1984–1988)
  • Jonathan Boytie Ogufere (1988–1994)
  • Dieng Ousseynou (1994–1999)
  • Abdulmumini Aminu (1999–2002)
  • El Hadji Malick Sy (2002–2004)
  • Jacques Anouma (2004–2008)[3]
  • Amos Adamu (2008–2010)
  • Kwesi Nyantakyi (2011–present)

FIFA Ranking

Men's national teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[4]

WAFU FIFA Country Points +/
1 20  Senegal 1546
2 35  Nigeria 1481 1
3 51  Ghana 1426
4 56  Ivory Coast 1392
5 59  Mali 1386 2
6 60  Burkina Faso 1378 1
7 77  Cape Verde 1319 1
8 78  Guinea 1317 4
9 82  Benin 1293 1
10 117  Sierra Leone 1167
11 123  Guinea-Bissau 1155
12 124  Togo 1140
13 152  Liberia 1047
14 166  Gambia 990

Last updated 24 October 2019

Top Ranked Men's National Football Teams



  1. "West African Football Union (Wafu) disbanded by Caf". British Broadcasting Corporation. BBC.co.uk. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. "Caf have split the West African Football Union into two separate zones". Goal.com. Goal.com. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. "Wafu Cup to make a comeback". BBC Sport. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  4. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) - CAF Region". FIFA. 4 June 2015.

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