Kigali - The Confederation of African Football on Friday signed
a a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Football Confederation
(AFC) to develop the game of football in the two continents.
According to CAF, the MoU is to strengthen cooperation
between the two, and will valid for four years, with the option of renewal.
The cooperation will be achieved through the sharing of
information, experience, initiating high level competitions, conducting joint
technical development programs in various fields such as: Coaching, Refereeing,
Youth football, Women's football, Integrity, Administration, Marketing, Media
and Innovative technologies.
CAF President Issa Hayatou said “the signing of MOU is not
new in the long existing relationship between two confederations. Such
partnerships have linked us in the past through several exchanges and through
competitions and high level matches.
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“Today we are here to re-launch a cooperation that will be
beneficial to the two Confederations after several months of work. The first
four years will strengthen, intensify cooperation and strengthen the capacity
of various stakeholders in Africa and Asia. This is an opportunity that will
further contribute to African football development”.
On his part, AFC President, Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al
Khalifa said “this is indeed a memorable day when our two great confederations
come together in the spirit of friendship and co-operation.
“Africa and Asia are two great continents. Two great
football continents who have made a dramatic impact on the global football
stage in this century. Both of us have aspirations and expectations of staging
future tournaments not only the World Cup but also in women and age group
“Now this agreement will lay a permanent foundation to this
great progress – it will under pin this development by our great two
confederations. Both Confederations recognise the benefits of formalising our
existing ties. The agreement will deliver a legacy of not just sporting but
also cultural, social and educational benefits for both continents.
“In this agreement we will be sharing information and
experiences as well as developing high level competitions and joint development
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