Safety in the stadiums is more than a game and CAF wants to win

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Hajji Sekabira Abdul still talks about it with emotion. “I attended my first ever CAF engagement today. What an experience and wealth of knowledge from the team in Cairo… such critical information from start to finish...And the facilitators speak a language we need to start to speak as often as possible in the UPL”. These are the words of Hajji Sekabira Abdul. At 52 years old, this former sergeant of Ugandan army is an executive member of FUFA (Uganda Football Federation) in charge of safety and security.

Like him, nearly 200 participants took part, from December 2 to 3, in an unprecedented event: the “first CAF Safety and Security Officers' Regional Workshop”, organized by CAF.

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CAF Acting Secretary General Abdelmounaïm Bah came to kick off this event organized under the theme "Promoting the safety and security of stadiums". It brought together CAF security officers, first and second division club presidents and officers, as well as national security officers by videoconference.

During the two days that the workshop lasted, they listened to certified experts like Katarina Steinberg and David van Vuuren who spoke to them on crowd management, planning emergencies and contingencies and the challenges they face in the stadiums.

“The workshop has come in a right time and has targeted the right people. Right now, in Uganda football fraternity it is the talk of the day. All the agenda and lectures were wisely selected and professionally presented to the audience and there was no stone which was left unturned. We were very grateful for the course more especially during this Covid-19 era where all countries have been stuck on how to handle safely and security issues” Hajji Sekabira Abdul

This program designed according to international standards has benefited from the collaboration of FIFA and ICSS, the International Centre for Sports Security.

First regional workshop on stadium safety and security