Kalusha Bwalya at a football conference

African legends descend on Morocco for a game-changing football conference

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A galaxy of African football legends have descended on Morocco to join other high-profile decision-makers to chart a new way to raise the beautiful game on the continent.

African superstars such as Emmanuel Adebayor, El Hadji Diouf, Kalusha Bwalya and Alex Song are among some of the former players in the Morocco capital Rabat for the conference, which has also attracted CAF President Patrice Motsepe.

The Amadeus Institute on Thursday organised a high-level conference. It is entitled “Morocco within its continent: a South-South, win-win, active and united partnership – Football, a factor of African integration and global visibility for the Continent”.


This event is running on the sidelines of the U23 African Cup of Nations being held in Morocco. This is in the presence of 46 African FA presidents on the eve of the CAF Executive Committee meeting.

It has brought together key players from the world of soccer, political decision-makers, experts and luminaries of African soccer, all committed to promoting South-South cooperation in Africa and an Africa that trusts Africa.

Emmanuel Adebayor young African superstar

The conference was marked by constructive exchanges and enriching debates. It underlines the Kingdom of Morocco’s ongoing commitment to multidimensional cooperation in Africa, driven by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. It advocates a more united, integrated and independent Africa.

Through over 50 Royal Visits to the continent and signing over 5000 bilateral agreements, the Kingdom has demonstrated its determination to strengthen ties with African nations, fostering economic cooperation, regional integration and sustainable development.

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The conference underlined the crucial role of football as a tool for South-South cooperation to foster African integration, particularly in light of the 46 partnerships established by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to transfer skills and expertise and promote women’s soccer.

Speakers emphasised the role of football as a universal language that transcends borders and cultural differences. They said it creates strong bonds between nations and fosters mutual understanding.
Soccer’s potential for development and integration is being highlighted, as well as the benefits of enhanced continental cooperation in this field.


The conference came up with a significant recommendation. It underlines the importance of creating a Pan-African Think Tank on development through soccer.

This Think Tank would serve as a collaborative platform bringing together experts, political decision-makers and representatives of the sporting world to formulate policies and initiatives to promote the essential role of soccer in all its different forms in the development and influence of Africa.

The recommendations emanating from the Conference support the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will promote sustainable cooperation, development of African talent, and capacity build

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