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CAF, ICSS seals deal to develop training programmes in Africa

The Confederation of African Football, CAF and the International Center for Sport Security, ICSS, have sealed a deal aimed at developing training programs within member associations.

The agreement was signed on October 24 in Morocco. The President of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad signed on behalf of his federation while Mohammed Hanzab represented ICSS.

Apart from developing training programs, the two organization will ensure the highest level of safety and security within the CAF Member Associations.
The press release made public says, among the projects set to be undertaken by the two organizations are training programs aimed at educating security officers, supporting the growth of a professional network of security personnel in Africa.

They will also continue to develop the security operations through joint programs within Football Federations, Leagues, Clubs, Academies and other stakeholders including those operating at the grass-roots levels.

“CAF is a values-driven organization connecting players and communities across Africa. Good governance and safety are key pillars of CAF Transformation plan. Security and integrity are top priorities for us, and a basic requirement for any football match to take place. Ahmad Ahmad said.

He added that, “I particularly take to heart the issue of young players. Young athletes are not commodities. They are human beings and must be treated as such. We are proud to be a leading voice in the drive to protect, promote and safeguard football and its fans. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with ICSS.”

“For CAF, football has the unique ability to inspire young and old alike. The organization wishes to make it a powerful educational tool for our youth, openness to others and their differences as well as a powerful platform for building safe relationships between individuals and communities in order to promote peace, good values and health, especially among young people who are most at risk,” he further said.

On his part, the chair of ICSS said, “On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank President Ahmad and CAF for its commitment to safeguarding football in Africa (the fastest growing and most diverse football regions in the world). I can’t wait to advance efforts with them to address the very real challenges football now faces to its security and credibility. For instance, not enough being done to stop trafficking of young African players.”

To him, “As an international organization working to protect sport, ICSS is committed to protecting young players and raising awareness about the growing issue of child trafficking in football. With CAF, we believe that members and Governments could be doing more to protect potential stars of the future.”

“We are keen to initiate this cooperation with CAF and work together to protect the African football and its capacity to promote economic growth and shared values,” he added.

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