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Central African Football Technical Centres Launched following Safeguarding Assessments

During May and June 2023, Brook Sports Consulting conducted a Feasibility and Safeguarding Risk Assessment for the proposed “Faustin Archange Touadera” Women’s Technical Center in the Commune of Liton in the Central African Republic. The aim was to identify areas of concern and corresponding safeguarding risks in the establishment and running of the new technical centre and to assess whether the project was feasible. In conducting this assessment, we also reviewed the existing academy for boys, L’académie des Garçons (7e arrondissement, Banqui).

The project was conducted for and with the support of the Central African Football Federation and FIFA.

This work was led by Norman Brook with on the ground support from associate consultants, Kingsley Udo and Lizerd Ngozi.

This week saw the ceremony of laying the first stone for the construction of the Faustin Archanges Touadera de Liton women's football technical centre and the inauguration of the Kaimba Blasco youth football technical centre previously known as the L’académie des Garçons.

These two ceremonies were conducted by the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archanges Touadera, in the in the presence of Gelson Fernandez, Director of Member Associations - Africa, representing FIFA President, Gianni Infantino.

In his speech, Mr Fernadez declared that “this is a historic day for FIFA and the CAR. “This project is the first of its kind in all of Africa. Mr President of the Republic, you are a man of your word, you promised to give space to the Federation for the construction of sports infrastructures and you kept your word. It is a jewel that will emerge from the earth within 17 months, and I would like to congratulate Mr. Celestin Yanindji, president of the FCF who put this project in place. I dare to believe that within a few years, we will have female footballers from Africa and the world here.”

During the day of celebrations at the two technical centre sites, the President of the Central Africa Republic decorated the entire FIFA delegation in recognition of what they have done for the country. Member of the FIFA delegation receiving medals were Mr Gelson Fernadez, Ms Céline Zigaul, Ms Fatou Binetou Ba Ndiaye and Mr Rasoamahenina Sanda.

Former Central African football star from the 1970s, Kodet Magbiama Kaïmba, known as Blasco, attended the ceremony where the L’académie des Garçons was renamed in recognition of his contribution to football in the Central African Republic.




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