African Football Alliance launched
The recently launched African Football Alliance (AFA), which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 December 2017, is calling on all organisations within the football arena to create a stronger voice to protect their interest and to promote the sustainable development of the game on the continent.
The launch was attended among others by the South African Football Players Union, (SAFPU), Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB), South African Football Coaches Association (SAFCA), African Football Institute (AFI), National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) and a host of other football stakeholders
The main objective of the AFA is to serve its affiliates with organisational development in key areas through the application of sustainable strategies to grow their constituencies as well as creating a home for football structures and interested stakeholders that are not catered for in existing continental structures.
The purpose of the AFA is to serve the interests of its affiliates and in certain cases either represent or assist them in their endeavours to engage other continental or international bodies in football.
AFA won’t enter into disputes between its affiliates and it would always encourage amicable mediation, arbitration and settlements.
The AFA’s vision is to organise and consolidate the intellectual capital of African football with its mission to promote the development of its affiliates from the basis of good governance and ethics respectively.
The AFA will also promote strategic alliances between its affiliates to foster capacity building exchanges to aid the development of African football.
The Alliance will endeavour to prioritise interests of African football first before that of international demands.
It will also be a non-politically aligned structure, but will speak out on injustices and infringement of the human rights of Africans and in particular footballers coming from the continent.
Membership to the AFA is open to any association, council, institute, club, league, educational Institution or representative structure who are committed to serve the aims and objectives of AFA.
AFA will initially host chambers for the following sectors i.e. academies, clubs, intermediaries (football agents), leagues, coaches and managers, universities, military and police, media and football writers, medical and science, player unions and legends associations, supporters associations, sports marketing and others.
A working committee was appointed at the founding meeting and the next AFA Forum will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 20 February 2018 coinciding with the FIFA Executive Football Summit, which is also taking place in the city.