The Confederation of African Football [CAF] has named Liberian President -George Weah first Ambassador of the Pan-African Inter-School Championship.
This was done when a joint CAF and FIFA delegation travelled to Liberia to meet the former FIFA World Player of the Year [Weah] after holding meetings with the Liberian Football Association and government officials in Monrovia.
Presidents of CAF and FIFA – Dr. Motsepe and Gianni Infantino present a certificate to the former AC Milan striker announcing him as the first Ambassador of the Pan-African Inter-School Football Championship.
Dr. Motsepe used the opportunity to talk about the power of football on economies:
“Football and economic development go hand in hand, so let’s try through football to invest in job creation.
“It’s also our duty to make sure stadia meet the required standards, and CAF will work with the Liberian authorities to do so.”
“We are happy to be in a country so passionate about football. We are here to give you CAF and FIFA’s full support to take football into a new era and we will work with you to do this.”
His Excellency George Weah touched on strengthening African and Liberian football:
“We are happy to be in a country so passionate about football.
“We are here to give you CAF and FIFA’s full support to take football into a new era and we will work with you to do this.”
Mr. Infantino on his part commended George for his contribution towards football.
“President Weah is an icon of football and now a respected statesman. FIFA and CAF are delighted to have his support.
“His stellar football career is an inspiration to young Africans and we welcome him on board this initiative, supported by the African Union, which will see football competitions at national level in schools throughout Africa.
“Football offers us a unique opportunity to connect with young people and empower them through this programme.”