CAF African Schools Football Championship:African Football Legends Encourage Young Talent at the Continental Final

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~ CAF African Schools Football Championship Continental Finals kick-off in Zanzibar

~ Former Arsenal star cautioned upcoming stars of fake agents

~ Amanda Dlamini Jean Sseninde visited girls’ hotel

~ #UgSportsNow

As the CAF African Schools Football Championship Continental Finals kick-off in Zanzibar, the young aspiring footballers participating in the tournament received a special visit from three African football legends: Emmanuel Adebayor, Daniel Amokachi, and Abdi Kassim Sadalla. These distinguished icons of the game shared words of encouragement and wisdom with the teams ahead of the much-anticipated competition.

The presence of these legendary figures added a touch of inspiration and motivation to the participants, who are set to showcase their skills and passion for the beautiful game over four days at Zanzibar’s Amaan Stadium from 21 to 24 May.

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The legends, who are part of the invited CAF Legends, emphasized the values of fair play, sportsmanship, and camaraderie to the young players. They stressed the importance of embracing the spirit of competition while also recognizing the unique opportunity provided by CAF to showcase their talent on a continental stage.

Adebayor, Amokachi, and Abdi Sadalla engaged the U-15 boys in Zanzibar

In a heartwarming gesture, CAF organized a special dinner for the teams, where the legends engaged the U-15 boys in conversations that aimed to inspire, motivate, and uplift their spirits. The legends shared their own personal experiences and journeys in football, highlighting the dedication, perseverance, and hard work required to succeed in the sport.

Emmanuel Adebayor, hailing from Togo, Daniel Amokachi from Nigeria, and Abdi Kassim Sadalla from Tanzania, symbolize the rich footballing heritage and talent across the African continent. Their presence at the tournament not only serves as a source of encouragement for the young players but also underscores the importance of unity and solidarity in African football.

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The CAF African Schools Football Championship Continental Finals represent a platform for nurturing and developing young talent, with the ultimate goal of promoting the growth of football at the grassroots level. The guidance and support provided by esteemed figures like Adebayor, Amokachi, and Sadalla play a crucial role in shaping the future of African football and instilling values that go beyond the confines of the pitch.

As the tournament unfolds, the words of wisdom and encouragement shared by these legends will continue to resonate with the young players, inspiring them to give their best, enjoy the experience, and uphold the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

Adebayor cautioned players of fake agents

The former Arsenal FC star also cautioned the budding stars about the looming danger of fake player agents who prey on African talent with deceptive promises of football careers abroad.

“You are the best young players in your respective countries, which is why you are here today. We know that you all want to be great African footballers like Jay Jay Okocha and Mohammed Salah but it is a journey. There are so many dangers to being in a rush, such as falling victim to fake player agents. They promise to take you to big clubs abroad only to take advantage of you, so we want to encourage you to be vigilant. CAF is also raising awareness about such dangers, which we encourage you to take note of and not fall victim to”, cautioned Adebayor.

The visit to the teams’ hotel marks an exciting milestone to the countdown of the second season of the much-anticipated CAF African Schools Football Championship Continental Finals.

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Dlamini and Sseninde visited girls’ hotel

Legends of the African women’s game, Amanda Dlamini of South Africa and Jean Sseninde of Uganda also paid a visit to the girls’ hotel on Monday to share their encouragement and motivation ahead of the start of the competition on Tuesday.

“It is so encouraging to witness young African footballers like yourselves being afforded an opportunity to participate in such a competition. This is beyond football. It is about affording you an opportunity to learn about and from your fellow African brothers and sisters, which is what we need to encourage as fellow Africans” said Togolese legend, Emmanuel Adebayor.

“While winning is a great feeling, it is important that you display sportsmanship and fair play, as that will in the long term help you both on and off the field” he added.

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