Lagos - Local sports associations have been
urged to make the most of modern technology to revive the fortunes of the
country’s national teams.
The call, which came as the historic Africa Code Week
initiatives were launched in Nigeria, comes on the back of local teams, across
almost all codes, struggling to make an impact in international competitions.
A new technology initiative has been launched in the
continent with the aim of addressing that decline.
SAP Sports One technology, an innovation by German firm,
SAP, is a cloud-based platform that is poised to change the way soccer teams
The technology is a single platform that allows teams to
manage their players and staff as well as optimise player performance with
SAP Sports One has been unveiled for the first time in
Africa during a media briefing to announce the launch of the SAP Africa Kick
and Code, which is part of Africa Code Week.
This has been launched In 17 African countries including
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A first of its kind globally, the SAP Africa Kick and
Code initiative is for boys and girls aged 8 – 15.
They engage in activities that include soccer training from UEFA A-licensed
coaches from Germany and South Africa, South African Football Association
(SAFA) grass-root coaching license training as well as software coding
workshops by IT experts from SAP Africa.
Zach van der Walt, SAP Africa Value Engineer for Sport
Entertainment, highlighted the relevance of technology in sport.
“Our customers are looking for new ways to go beyond
known limits,” said van der Walt.
Sascha Bauer, international professional soccer coach and
Chairman of Football for Worldwide Unity highlighted the relevance of
technology to football.
“Competition is growing increasingly fierce, while
athletic performance is reaching a peak,” said Bauer.
SAP Africa Head of Government Relations and Corporate
Social Responsibility for Africa, Sunil Geness, revealed SAFA executives had
expressed interest in the technology offering and adopting the platform for
local football teams.
“This platform is already being used in Europe. The
dominance of European teams at international sporting while Africa and South
America and Africa lag behind is testament to its success,” added Geness.
He said this technology had been used by sports persons
at such tournament as the World Tennis Association.
“It crucial that Africa embraces this technology if the
continent to compete successfully at the world stage,” added Geness.
SAP is significantly involved in sport.
In July, the company and City Football group announced a
global multi-layer marketing and technology partnership that is set to
transform the way the ownership group and its football teams operate and
perform from the boardroom to pitch.
Last year, its technological advancements were lauded for
helping Germany win the Soccer World Cup.
As the first sports-specific cloud solution powered by
SAPHANA Platform, SAP Sports One is intended to be adapted to other sports in
- CAJ News