The FIFA/CAF 2010 World Cup Conference yesterday (October 13) in Cairo, Egypt with a huge gathering of football personalities to discuss and analyze the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
The objective of the conference which ends tomorrow (Friday, October 15) is to provide a platform for the technical and tactical analysis of the tournament, staged on the African continent for the very first time, in relation to the development of football on the continent.
CAF President Issa Hayatou in his opening address commended South Africa for the spectacular organization of the tournament which has permanently erased thoughts of Africa’s ability to stage a major tournament with special mention of the surprise appearance of former South African leader Nelson Mandela at the final match.
“It goes without saying that we owe this success to South Africa. The presence of Nelson Mandela at the final was more than symbolic. This success is yours, you who are fighting every day to improve on the quality of our football.
He expressed satisfaction with the performance of the continent’s representatives whilst regretting the failure of an African team to reach the semi final after Ghana lost out painfully to Uruguay on penalties at the quarter-final.
“We would have had, for the first time, a team in the semifinals. It is not so little but Ghana fell with honor in the quarterfinals. A day will come when our sporting wishes will be met. We helped change the image of Africa in the world and this is our greatest success.”
The president of Egyptian Football Association, Samir Zaher, expressed his satisfaction with Africa having hosted successfully the FIFA World in Africa.
FIFA Director of Member Association and Development, Thierry Regenass also saluted South Africa for hosting an incident-free tournament and lauded the performance of Ghana’s Black Stars for the being the only African team to advance from the group phase before exiting at the quarter finals.
“This conference is to provide opportunities for football tacticians to analyze the FIFA World Cup 2010 and to shape the development of the game as well.”
Some of the speakers are Jurg Nepher, FIFA head of eductaion and technical development and Jean-Paul Brigger, FIFA director of technical study group
In attendance also were Anthony Baffoe, Ben Koufie, Jomo Sono, Rabah Saadane as well as technical directors and head coaches of the 53 national associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Technical Committee, FIFA Development Officers in Africa amongst others.-Story by Cafonline.com