CAF President Issa Hayatou was the guest of honour at the 2″- Accra Biennial Football Expo in the capital of Ghana from 15 to 17 January The three-day event was held under the auspices of RICS Consult Limited, a leading PR, sports marketing, event management and media relations consultancy in partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA.i and CAF. The programme, the inaugural edition of which was also held at the same venue, gave a platform to key local and international speakers from the areas of sports administration, technical development, organisation and promotion, ICT, law ano communications for incisive, innovative and interactive discussions on “Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations: a vehicle for socio-economic development in Africa”. Hayatou described the expo as a “worthwhile exercise”, which he and his colleagues at CAF had accepted as a tool for developing football in Africa. The CAF President said that he hoped that key stakeholders on the continent, including governments, would use the experience to build the necessary structures and invest sufficiently in human resource development in order to foilow the theme of the expo and use the tournament as a vehicle for socio-economic development in Africa.
Veteran Brazilian coach Jose Claudinei has been handed the task of steering Zimbabwe to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals in neighbouring South Africa. Claudinei, 60, commonly known as “Valinhos”, was unveiled at a ceremony in the capital, Harare, by Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) patron Joseph Msika prior to signing his contract. The former coach of Brazil’s U-20 team replaces Charles Mhlauri who was dismissed after the Warriors failed to qualify for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. Valinhos has also coached in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco as well as in his native Brazil. Zimbabwe, who have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup™, have been drawn against Guinea, Namibia and Kenya in the preliminary competition for the 2010 tournament.