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Amokachi, Adebayor, Dlamini to attend CAF Schools Championship


NIGERIAN legend Daniel Amokachi as well as Togolese great Emmanuel Adebayor and South Africa’s Amanda Dlamini have all been confirmed to attend the 2024 CAF African Schools Football Championship finals scheduled for Zanzibar between May 21 and May 24.

The Confederation of African Football explains that the African Schools Football Championship is the school competition that includes over 44 African countries with over 800,000 boys and girls under the age of 15 participating.

This is the second edition of the competition that is not only focused on football but also on a number of programmes including Young Referee’s Programme, Young Reporter Programme and Safeguarding.

Amokachi, who has been named as one of new Super Eagles head coach Finidi George’s assistants, made 42 appearances for the Nigeria national team, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and the Olympic gold in 1996, the first by an African team.

He also attended the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, with the Super Eagles reaching the round of 16 both times, and won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995.

Adebayor was CAF Player of the Year in 2008 and represented Togo at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany for their only appearance at the tournament.

In Europe he played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, and earned over 85 caps with the Togo national team.

Former Banyana Banyana (South Africa) captain Dlamini played in two Women’s Africa Cup of Nations competitions where they finished third and second in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is one of the few footballers, both in the men’s and women’s national teams, to reach 100 caps.

Dlamini recently made history when she became the first female to be part of the world commentary feed at the AFCON 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire.

Also on the list are local stars Abdi Kassim Sadalla, former Tanzanian national team captain, and Hilda Masanche, head coach of the Tanzania U-17 women’s national team.

The legends will feature in various activities to promote and support football development among African youth, CAF stated.

The finals will bring together talented young players from across the continent, providing them a platform to showcase their skills and passion for the game, the continental governing body added.

Hosts Tanzania, Libya, Benin Republic, Uganda, South Africa, Senegal and Guinea are participating in the boys finals, with the girls finalists consisting of Tanzania, Uganda, Morocco, Togo, South Africa, Gambia and Congo.






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