The Confederation of African Football (CAF) organised a three-day symposium from 21 to 23 April 2008 aimed at analysing the MTN Africa Cup of Nations 2008 from a technical perspective. At the event, some 60 participants, including seasoned CAF experts, coaches and invited specialists, took a detailed look at the latest edition of the tournament, which was held in Ghana from 20 January to 10 February 2008. “This is the first time elite African coaches have gathered together to assess the standard of our competition. The symposium has had a huge impact on the coaches, who have openly expressed the difficulties and pressures they face from all directions and discussed ways in which these can be eased,” said Abdel Moneim Hussein, CAF’s Director of Development. According to Abdel Moneim, attention focused on the importance of players’ medical records, since a player’s health cannot be taken for granted at any level of our competition. “The event was attended by high-profile coaches such as Claude Le Roy, Otto Pfister and Roger Lemerre as well as many experienced coaches from the associations. Most associations were represented both by their coaches and technical directors, who contributed a number of ideas which, if implemented, will go a long way to developing football,” said Ben Kofie, a member of CAF’s technical committee. “Implementing these is the responsibility of the individual associations. CAF is the policy-making body and we will ensure that the measures agreed at this symposium will be forwarded to local associations for implementation,” continued Ben Kofie, adding that CAF will oblige its members to invest in grassroots football development.
Amos Adamu has been appointed the new president of the West African Football Union (WAFU). Adamu, Director General of the National Sports Commission of Nigeria, took over the reins from Jacques Anouma in Abidjan on 22 April. The handover ceremony was the climax of the West African union’s 11th Ordinary General Assembly, which was held in the Ivorian capital.