Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Dr Patrice Motsepe has confirmed that the Motsepe Foundation will donate 10M USD (R150 million) to the Fifa-Caf Pan-African School Football Championship.
Motsepe made the announcement during his visit to the Ivory Coast on Tuesday.
The R150m donation will be used to initiate and support the development and growth of schools’ football in the 6 Caf Zones as part of the Fifa-Caf Pan-African School Football Championship which was launched by Fifa and Caf in Kinshasa, DRC several weeks ago.
“The Motsepe Foundation is passionate and committed to academic excellence and football excellence and has been sponsoring schools football in South Africa for many years,” said the the co-founder of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
“We are now extending this commitment and passion to the rest of the African Continent.”
The Caf president said that the best investment they can make to ensure that African football is amongst the best in the world and “self-sustaining, is to invest in schools’ football and youth football development infrastructure for boys and girls at club and national level. This is one of my key focus areas as president of Caf.
Boys and girls aged between 12 and 14 will play in the African School Football Championship, which will have 3 stages; starting at national level (via national football associations) and thereafter proceeding to the 6 Zonal level tournaments which provides the qualification path to the Championship Finals.
According to Caf, the winning schools will use the prize money, to, inter alia, purchase and provide schools football development and education or academic infrastructure, facilities and equipment.
And additional information concerning the utilisation of the USD 10M donation by the Motsepe Foundation and the Fifa-Caf Pan-African School Football Championship will be provided in due course.
The first full edition of the African School Football Championship, including all countries from the African Continent, will take place between 2022 and 2023.
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By FARPost Reporter