CAF on Tuesday (8 September 2020) held a historic meeting via video-conference with selected group of group of players and coaches to present the Women’s Football Strategy and the organizational aspects of the Women’s Champions League.
The meeting chaired by the Deputy Secretary General, Anthony Baffoe, was to share the strategic plan for the development of women’s football with some of the key actors of the game, and exchange ideas towards growing the women’s game across the continent.
Among the highlights of the interactive session were presentations by Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu and Head of Women’s Football Development, Safia Abdel Dayem on road map for the inaugural Women’s Champions League and Women’s Football Strategy.
The meeting brought together some of the biggest names in African women’s football including coaches Clementine Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Desiree Ellis (South Africa) and Lamia Boumehdi (Morocco U-17).
Among the notable players who were in attendance was four-time and reigning CAF Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria, South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana, crowned CAF Women’s Player of the Year in 2018 and Gaelle Enganamouit, CAF Women’s Player of the Year 2015.
The rest are Onome Ebi (Nigeria), Ajara Njoya (Cameroon), Janine Van Wyk (South Africa), Sarah Essam (Egypt), Elizabeth Addo (Ghana) and Jean Sseninde (Uganda).
Baffoe reassured the participants of CAF’s commitment towards the women’s game and the importance of synergistic work to develop it.
“We organized this meeting to listen to the players and coaches,” Baffoe said.
“Now, the recently appointed Executive Directors of each of the Zonal Unions, have been tasked with ensuring that the Women’s Football Strategy launched in July is in line with the objectives of the region, and for Member Associations to follow accordingly”.