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Nairobi to host offices of newly-formed African Clubs Association body

Friday, December 1st, 2023 14:00 | By
CAF President Patrice Motsepe and ACA President Mohamed Hersi Said. PHOTO/CAFOnline
CAF President Patrice Motsepe and ACA President Mohamed Hersi Said. PHOTO/CAFOnline

The offices of the newly-formed African Clubs Association (ACA) will be headquartered in Nairobi.

The body held its inaugural meeting in Cairo on Thursday, November 30, 2023, and elected officials who will occupy various positions.

ACA has been established to address the need for African clubs to have a platform and a structure where they can have a voice in African football.

Hersi elected

Mohamed Hersi Said, who is Yanga SC's president, was elected president and will now be in charge of the body, whose offices will be situated in Nairobi, according to CECAFA.

"I appreciate the effort by the President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe, to have this body, the African Clubs Association. It is a platform that will help us try to find solutions to problems affecting us as clubs," Said said after his election.

Kaizer Chiefs top official Jessica Motaung was elected first vice chairperson, while Paul Bassey Akwa United FC in Nigeria will serve as the second vice chairman. ACA will be served by 15 members.

Board members of ACA in Cairo. PHOTO/CAFOnline
Board members of ACA in Cairo. PHOTO/CAFOnline

ACA goals

"Among some of the objectives of the African Clubs Association are: to protect and promote the interests of African Football Clubs; to ensure that African Football Clubs are commercially viable, globally competitive, and profitable.

"To ensure that referees, match commissioners, and VAR operators are respected; to build partnerships with sponsors, the private sector, and governments to build stadiums that comply with CAF and FIFA standards; and to provide other football infrastructure and facilities in each of the 54 CAF Member Associations, among others," CECAFA statement added.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe, CAF third and fourth Vice Presidents Souleiman Hassan Waberi and Seidou Mbombo Njoya, and CAF general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba attended the Cairo function.

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