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By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
A soccer spectacle will take place at Durban’s King Zwelithini Stadium from April 5-8th.
According to Africa’s soccer governing body, CAF, the first year of the program, a historic and first of its kind schools program that has attracted over 44 000 boys and girls in 41 African countries under the age of 15 to not only compete on the field but to be empowered through a number of programs aimed at capacity building.
Also revealed is that this is a culmination of a journey that started with Schools competition at National level and then Zonal Phase.
Moreover, the continental phase of the competition will see some of the top schools in Africa compete for the ultimate prize in what is expected to be a weekend of festivities in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. The final match will be played Saturday, April 8th.
CAF General Secretary General, Veron Mosengo-Omba commented: “We are excited to reach this state and to see what started as a vision being implemented and benefiting the young people in Africa. It is history in the making. The CAF African Schools Football Championship is very important to CAF, it is important to Africa and it is very important to CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe. For the first time, CAF is not just talking about developing the youth, but we are investing in a tangible way to the future of Africa. We are giving hope, we are giving a platform.”
On the final in Durban, Mosengo-Omba added: “Following extensive consultation that also included inviting member associations to submit applications to host, South Africa’s Durban was given the go-ahead. We have a lot of confidence that we will work together with SAFA, with South African Government and KwaZulu Natal to ensure that this is a success.”
The CAF African Schools Football Championship was first announced by CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in April 2021.
At the announcement, Dr Motsepe whose Foundation is the sponsor of the program had said: “The best investment we can make to ensure that African football is amongst the best in the world and self-sustaining, is to invest in schools’ football and youth football development infrastructure for boys and girls at club and national level. This is one of my key focus areas as President of CAF.”
Prize money (Zonal Phase):
Winner (boys & girls) – $100,000
Runner-up (boys & girls) – $75,000
Third place (boys & girls) – $50,000
Winner (boys & girls) – $300,000
Runner-up (boys & girls) – $200,000
Third place (boys & girls) – $150,000
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