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CAF Confederation Africaine de Football

Didier Drogba was crowned the 2005 African Player of the Year ahead of rivals Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/Barcelona) and Michael Essien (Ghana/Chelsea) in a colorful ceremony held in Accra, Ghana on 1 March 2007. The Cote d’Ivoire and Chelsea striker came top in a poll of Africa’s national team coaches.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the African Cup of Nations Ghana 2008 has created two more committees in its quest to organize a successful tournament. The two new bodies, which bring the number of committees formed by the Ghana 2008 LOC to fifteen, are the Opening & Closing Ceremonies and Medical & Doping committees. Ghana’s Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Osei Bonsu Amoah, who inaugurated the two bodies at the LOC secretariat in Accra, asked members to collaborate with other sectors to achieve the desired results. “This exercise signifies to a large extent Ghana’s closeness to honoring the pledge and responsibility of hosting Africa’s most coveted sporting event,” he said.

The Confederation of African Football is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a programme of activities that got under way earlier this year. These include the special anniversary match between African champions Egypt and the Swedish national team, the naming of the 30 best African players of the last 50 years, a congress in Sudan to mark the birth of CAF in 1957, the Super Cup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a host of other activities. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, CAF also awarded a special Order of Merit in Gold to the heads of state of the countries that founded CAF in 1957, namely, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan.