Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe says Africa is inspired by the performances of the five continental teams that participated in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Motsepe said CAF is particularly excited by the historic victories of Morocco and its qualification for the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as the impressive performances of Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Ghana.
“The 54 African countries who are members of CAF are extremely proud and inspired by the victories and successes of the five African Nations that represented CAF at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” said Motsepe.
“We are also particularly proud of Morocco’s historic qualification to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. It is the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup that an African Nation has qualified for the semi-finals.
“I would like to express our deep gratitude to the players (Les Lions de l’Atlas), the technical team, the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football under the outstanding leadership of President Fouzi Lekjaa, the people of Morocco and His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him. Our objective of ensuring that an African Nation wins the FIFA World Cup is alive and within reach,” he added.
“We are making significant progress in ensuring that African football is self-supporting and globally competitive. This is partly reflected by the outstanding performances by Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Ghana at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We will continue to invest in schools football, youth academies for boys and girls and football infrastructure and facilities.
“CAF is also committed to improving the quality of trainers, coaches, referees and football in each of the 54 CAF Member Associations.The implementation of governance, auditing and administrative global best practices is bearing fruit as mutually beneficial discussions are taking place with our sponsors, partners and financial investors. We are also making good progress on the African Super League and announcements in this regard will be made in due course.
“We will continue to use football as a tool to unite people from different races, ethnic groups and religious backgrounds and to contribute to improving the socio- economic and living conditions of all people.” concluded Motsepe.
Meanwhile, CAF announced on Wednesday that the Lagardère dispute has been resolved amicably and to the satisfaction of both parties.
“The contents of the settlement agreement are confidential and CAF respects this confidentiality,” read a statement from CAF.
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