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Safa Lauds Africa’s 1st World Football Summit

SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan has hailed the upcoming World Football Summit Africa as a game-changer.

Jordaan who will be among the key speakers at the summit which will run from March 17 to 18 in Durban, said in a statement: “This is a great opportunity where decision-making stakeholders will come under one roof and discuss nothing but football. The fact that this summit is coming to Africa for the first time since its inception, means Africa as a continent must take advantage and find ways to take the sport to the next level.”

Jordaan is among the high-level speakers who have been lined up for the inaugural summit. Other confirmed speakers are Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura, LaLiga president Javier Tebas, Argentina legend Juan Sebastián Verón, as well as Bafana Bafana icons Benni McCarthy and Sibusiso Zuma.

“Football as a sport and business is undergoing massive changes and Africa as a continent must embrace the ever-changing models in order to grow and not to be left behind,” explained Jordaan.

Also announced this week as one of the keynote speakers is Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis.

The recently coined CAF women’s coach of the year will be among a group of females who have been lined up for the two-day conference.

The organisers have also named the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association, Isha Johansen, as the other female speaker at the event.

Johansen, who sits on Fifa’s member associations committee, has been at the helm of her federation since 2013 and she has even been touted as a potential first woman leader of world football governing body Fifa.

In Durban, Ellis and Johansen will join a programme overflowing with the who’s who of international football.

Some of the other prominent female leaders who will address the conference include Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura and KwaZulu-Natal sports MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi