Aug
05
2007
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CAF Confederation Africaine de Football

Ivorian striker and goodwill ambassador Didier Drogba showed his 2006 African Footballer of the Year trophy in Bouake (north of Abidjan), where he received a warm and enthusiastic welcome from the local population and authorities, including Guillaume Soro, Cote d’Ivoire’s new prime minister. “I have come here to offer you a golden ball, it’s the golden ball for the whole of the Cote d’Ivoire,” said Drogba from a podium on Carnival Square, which was mobbed by a jubilant crowd. “This is only the beginning. In June, the whole Cote d’Ivoire team will be in Bouake for the match against Madagascar (in an African Cup of Nations qualifier). 3 June will be a memorable day: it will be the victory for Cote d’Ivoire football, the victory for the Cote d’Ivoire people and quite simply there will be peace,” promised the Chelsea striker.

CAF president Issa Hayatou laid the first stone of a football school that will bear his name in the Togolese village of Kpele Kpnovie. The facility will be built on a 10-hectare site and will consist of a 10,000 capacity stadium, a medical centre and training centre.

1 April 2007 marked Mustapha Fahmy’s 25th anniversary as CAF’s general secretary. We took the opportunity to ask him about the organization’s evolution and other issues relating to the development of African Football: “Coincidentally, the 50th anniversary of CAF marks my 25th year in office as general secretary on 1 April. So I could say that I can tell you more about the last 25 years comprehensively that the first 25. The first 25 years were very difficult years. Within the first 25 years most of Africa had just turned independent states and for the founding fathers of CAF, it was very difficult for them to get place in FIFA’s executive, which was part of the initial plan. Honorably still after CAF was founded; they created the Nations Cup, followed by Ghana’s leadership in starting in starting the Cup of Champion Clubs. In short, there has been a long struggle for those who preceded us in a task which we are now continuing with,” he said.