NFA in Morocco for CAF Symposium

18 Jul 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi and Secretary-General Barry Rukoro are in Rabat, Morocco to attend the African Football Symposium organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
NFA Media Officer, Dan Kamati confirmed that the duo arrived in Morocco on Tuesday, the first day of the two-day symposium where ground breaking proposals will be discussed and adopted by representatives of the 55 football associations affiliated to CAF.
Apart from presidents and secretaries-general of football associations, other participants include invited players, referees, coaches, journalists and football administrators.
Namibian senior national team coach, Ricardo Mannetti was also expected to travel to Morocco but had to stay behind and focus on the second leg, second round clash of the African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe in Harare on Saturday.
Also in attendance will be an International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) delegation led by President Gianni Infantino and General Secretary Fatma Samoura, who will be expected to take an active role in the symposium that has also attracted experts from the European football governing body, UEFA.
The symposium will focus on issues related to the various CAF competitions, particularly the format, periodicity and organisation. There has been a strong call for the Africa Cup of Nations to be played every four years instead of the current practise of every two years, to give foreign-based players a chance to also compete in these tournaments.
In addition, the symposium will look at strengthening international partnerships, communication and media, marketing and television as well as players’ roles and perspectives.