Final leg of Regional CAF Club Licensing workshop opens in Accra, Ghana!

The final leg of the Regional CAF Club Licensing Workshops opened in Accra on Monday with the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, stressing the fact that Club Licensing is a key element of the developmental agenda of the continent’s governing body for football.

He made these remarks when he opened the four-day workshop with 15 Member Associations in attendance to delve into CAF Club Licensing matters.

Following a successful start last month in Mauritania followed by Algeria and Ethiopia, the West African country is the final leg of the four-nation series of workshops spearheaded by CAF Professional Football Department.

The GFA President, who presided over the opening ceremony of the workshop which is being attended by the General Secretaries and Club Licensing Managers of 15 Member Associations (MA’s) of CAF, said the training programme is a key part of CAF’s development agenda.

“I count Ghana as a blessed country to be given this opportunity to host all of you on behalf of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). I know our President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe (CAF President) is watching us closely because Club Licensing is a key part of the many things on his heart. He has said on many platforms that Africa must develop football and CAF must deliver football in the best possible way,” President Okraku said in his opening remarks.

He expressed his optimism about the future of the Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) which is set to be operational in the 2024/2025 Season.

The workshop is geared at equipping all of CAF’s 54 Member Associations with the essential tools and knowledge to best implement CAF Club Licensing regulations.

“The workshop in Ghana is a culmination of a series of club licensing regional workshops that CAF delivered in the past weeks covering the 54 member associations. We are excited to complete our course here in Accra with the remaining Anglophone and Lusopohone countries. Thank you to the Ghana Football Association for hosting this important CAF event.” said Muhammad Sidat, CAF Head of Professional Football.

The workshop in Ghana is the final lap of the CAF Regional Club Licensing Workshops, following successful events in Mauritania, Algeria, and Ethiopia.

The general objectives of the workshop are to train users for the Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP), present the CAF Club Licensing regulatory framework (2022 edition) for men and women as well as to discuss the mandatory criteria for domestic and continental competitions.

The 15 Member Associations attending the workshop include host, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe.

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