By Alex Bossa
A total of 20 trainers from 14 African countries will be undergoing a three day intensive security training in Nigeria which is aimed at promoting stadium safety and security.
The event which is being organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja Nigeria kicked off on 3rd June and will end on 7th June, 2021.
Uganda’s Dixon Okello, Humphrey Mandu and Hajji Sekabira Lukooya are in attendance along with participants from Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Liberia, Algeria, Eswatini, Namibia, Seychelles, Senegal, Cameroun, Niger and Ghana.
Dixon Okello who is an events manager and safety expert was recognized by the Confederation of African Football when he was awarded the safety and security officer award for 2020 in Douala Cameroun. Okello is a certified FIFA and CAF football Security officer.
Humphrey Mandu is the deputy CEO of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) while Hajji Sekabira Lukooya is the chairman of the FUFA Security committee.
“Our target is to see that these 20 trainers are able to support CAF intervention programmes with 12 selected member associations across Africa, to train 30 Club security officers in each MA and at the end we shall be able to train 360 Club security officers in the 12 MAs. When we add this number to the already –trained 309 NSSO, CSSO and Premier League Body security managers, CAF would have trained a total of 669 persons from December 2019 till date, from the mere nine that were trained in the whole of Africa in 2019 prior to the set-up of the Safety and Security Department,” said CAF’s Head of Safety and Security, Dr Christian Emeruwa during the opening remarks.
This is the first ever CAF safety and security train the trainers programme which is organized by CAF.