CAF has launched an annual legends sport that can coincide with the continent’s yearly flagship awards occasion.
The idea was launched in Dakar on Sunday as a part of the 2018 AITEO CAF Awards programme to be held within the Senegalese capital on Tuesday evening.
A few of Africa’s former prime gamers like Senegal’s El-Hadji Diouf and Habib Beye, Mark Fish of South Africa, Nigerian celebrity Kanu Nwakwo and Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o attended the revealing. CAF Deputy Normal Secretary, Anthony Baffoe , revealed that the sport is in step with the imaginative and prescient of the management to get extra former gamers concerned within the affairs of African soccer on the highest stage and rejoice them for his or her efforts.
He revealed that the match might be organized yearly within the host nation of the awards ceremony with CAF utilizing the chance to have interaction immediately with the previous gamers on points affecting the sport.
“This match to be performed yearly is a part of the promise by CAF President Ahmad to get extra of former footballers concerned within the affairs of CAF.
“The legends should be celebrated and CAF is taking the lead with such matches for us to rejoice the function their have performed in making Africa soccer higher.
“This may also give CAF the possibility to immediately join with the previous gamers as their expertise and experience might be sought to enhance the sport in Africa.”
The maiden CAF Legends Match is being held in reminiscence of former Senegal captain and coach Jules Bocande, who died six years in the past aged 53.
Bocande is considered considered one of Africa’s most interesting footballers having received the highest scorer award within the French top-flight within the 1985/86 league season with 23 targets for Metz.
The match will see a few of Africa most interesting former footballers like Mohammed Aboutrika, Victor Ikpeba, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Sammy Kuffuor becoming a member of Eto’o, Kanu and Fish to kind the CAF Choose facet to play the match.
They’ll play in opposition to the historical past making Senegal 2002 World Cup that reached the quarter-final of the match in Japan/ South Korea with gamers like Diouf, Tony Sylva, Aliou Cisse, Papa Bouba Diop, Khalilou Fadiga, Salif Diao that includes within the sport on the Léopold Senghor Stadium at 7:30pm GMT.