CAF President to launch Pan African Inter-School champs in Juba
The President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) is expected to launch the Pan African Inter-School Competition (Pan African Football Championship) in Juba, today.
Patrice Motsepe, the South African business mogul with deep interest in mining, arrived in Juba today (Thursday) for a one day official visit.
In April 2021, Motsepe promised to expand the program, currently in DR Congo, to all African (CAF) member countries.
The inter-school competition is aimed at improving life skills and instilling positive values in young people. It is also about promoting health and supporting social cohesion by integrating football practice into the school curriculum.
“To make progress in Africa, we need to create partnerships that will accelerate growth and put structures in place at the youth level, with a particular focus on schools.
‘Football is number one sport in Africa, and it can and must create opportunities in our continent that has many challenges,” Motsepe said after his election as CAF President last year.
Motsepe is also expected to meet President Salva Kiir and later on tour Juba national stadium that is currently under renovation.
According to the SSFA Chairperson of Information and Public Relations Committee, Albino Kuek, CAF boss will also meet officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports before the launch of the programme at Buluk Training Grounds.
The competitions will involve the participation of girls and boys starting from the ages of 8, 13, 14, and 15. The schools will be competing at the national level, zonal level, and then continental level.
There is good prize value for that competition. The school that wins the competition will be given a large amount of money to build a school or whatever it needs, including providing footballs and other training materials.
The competition will be held yearly. Each participating country will be expected to organise inter-school local leagues to produce the two best teams (girls and boys aged between the ages 13 and 16) from each country.
The schools will then participate in zonal competitions. Best teams from five zones, that is to say Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central Africa will then compete at a continent level.