U-17 CAN registers first major success said CAF Exco M. Kabele
On behalf of the President of CAF, the vice President of the U-17 Commission and President of the Organising Committee of the 9th edition of the African U-17 Championship « Rwanda 2011 », Mr. Almany Kabele Camara met, Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Serena Hotel, with journalists who came to cover the event.
In his introductory statement, Mr. Almany Kabele Camara « paid tribute to President Hayatou, the visionary, who, the day following his election in1988 in Casablanca, made the youth championship one of his main priorities ». « For more than 20 years, he added, youth football has not stopped progressing, recording enormous successes and winning trophies on the international scene ».
Mr. Almany Kabele Camara, on behalf of CAF, thanked Rwanda and its President for their legendary hospitality, and congratulated them for their hitch-free organisation of the 9th edition of the African U-17 Championship. He also underscored the examplary behavior of the participating teams and the level of the game. He said he was convinced that Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Congo and Ivory Coast will perform well at the World Cup in Mexico.
He also recalled that the U-17 CAN « Rwanda 2011 » saw for the first time in Africa the introduction of Magnetic Resonance Scan to determine with precision the real ages of players. « All the players were eligible after the test, and all went through the selection criteria, which testifies of the total understanding and adhesion of national associations, » he said.
He also expressed satisfaction that all the players were tested negative in the anti-doping test.
To him, everyone participated in making the U-17 CAN worthwhile, especially journalists who turned up massively to publicise a competition which features prominently among the big events in the CAF calendar, after every two years.
The Executive Committee member said youth football has assumed its position on the continent through the support of CAF. Each U-17 and U-20 CAN permits African footbal to progress. Its success is measured in the development of serious and well organised football training centres.
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