The final lap of the CAF Club Licensing Regional workshops is underway in Kigali, Rwanda, with participation from French speaking countries.
The objective of the workshop includes providing Member Associations (MA) with an update on the club licensing system at the continental level and taking its implementation to another level.
It will also provide a platform for participants to present a full update on the status of the club licensing system at their National level and assist the MA’s with near future planning, in order to have clubs ready before the deadline for engagement in the next CAF Interclub competitions.
Divided into two groups, the first workshop is underway until May 8 2019 and the second session will be held from May 10-11, with each session having 13 MA’s each represented by two delegates.
Opening the workshop on Monday, 7 May, Executive Member of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), Eric Ruhamiriza said “Club licensing is the only pivotal aspect that will pave way for all of us to professionalize the sport on our continent. We have to embrace it and ensure that it’s implemented back in our different federations. I believe it is going to be possible to achieve this mission with the continued undying support from CAF and other stakeholders”.
During the week, the two workshops will serve as a platform for participants to share and exchange ideas on best practices, and also assist the MA’s with their specific needs.
One of the instructors, Jose Andres Portabella, who serves as FIFA Professional Football Advisor, urged participants to devote their time and resources in implementing club licensing to be able to achieve fruitful outcomes that come with having a professionalized football.
“Club licensing is the only tool deemed right to develop football and considering the massive talents that Africa possesses, embracing and implementing it will pave way for better and improved football on the African continent,” Portabella said.
Other Instructors are Gerson de Melo (Cape Verde), Emmanuel Kande (DR Congo) and Khaled Lemkecher (Tunisia).
Participants share their thoughts“This workshop has come at the right time. It is difficult for our case to implement Club licensing considering the infrastructure constraints. When I see Club licensing requirements, honestly we have a long way to go but we will encourage our club leaders with an aim of changing the perspectives such that they fully understand and work on meeting the major pillars of club licensing,” Kibuga Ramadhani from Burundi.
“We firmly believe that if we are to nurture another generation of talented players which can not only make our country proud but also help our clubs to compete in a more professional manner, then, we need to meet the requirements of CAF Club Licencing.
At our General Assembly over the weekend (5 May 2019), we resolved to have the club licensing implemented at the national level with all first and second division clubs agreeing to work hard in attaining the set requirements. With the right structures, football development will be realized,” Pierre Claver Biyakifato from Rwanda.
“We do face different challenges but we need to start from somewhere to fully meet the Club Licensing requirements. CAF has done a good job so far and I believe as we continue to share different ideas, we will get solutions to these challenges and be able to have fully functional football structures from the club level to the national level in a bid to develop the game at all levels,” Alexandrina Djassi from Guinea Bissau.
The second workshop is scheduled to be held from 10-11 May 2019 also in Kigali.
Participants7-8 May 2019: Algeria, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Sao Tome and Rwanda. 10-11 May 2019: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.