More than 160 participants in educational programs at the West African Football Union (WAFU) B Zone’s African Schools Football Championship have been recognised in Lome.
The attendees, who are young people, took part in initiatives like coaching workshops, safeguarding courses and reporting schemes attached to the zonal schools tournament in Togo.
WAFU B President Kurt Okraku, Togo FA President Kossi Guy Akpovy and CAF’s Member Associations Director Sarah Mukuna recgnised the participants.
Mukuna told the budding students: “This opens doors to pursue football careers. You must continue developing locally what you’ve learned from CAF and WAFU B’s partnership.”
Among the participants, 60 engaged in the Coaching Programme to gain key skills and experience. A further 57 were involved in referee and medical workshops.
Additionally, leadership seminars and safeguarding drives formed part of a holistic personal development scheme.
The pioneering programs give youths alternative avenues to benefit from football beyond playing, including administration, medicine and reporting.
“It empowers them not just as athletes but future leaders with values beyond the pitch,” stated Mukuna.
The 167 recipients can now progress into roles where their fresh experience prove valuable back home.
The ceremony occurred alongside the ongoing WAFU B schools championship, which has seen five countries within the region participate in the grassroots football competition level.
It highlights CAF President Patrice Motsepe’s commitment to nurturing Africa’s next football generation on and off the field.
WAFU B’s event represents one early zonal tournament en route to April’s pan-African finals, the ultimate target for youthful regional champions.