Kenya to host African Club Association headquarters in Nairobi

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FOOTBALL Kenya to host African Club Association headquarters in Nairobi

Festus Chuma 10:38 - 01.12.2023

Kenya is set to host African Clubs Association offices, heralding unity in African football, as it prepares to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya has emerged as the chosen host for the prestigious offices of the newly established African Clubs Association (ACA) marking a significant milestone in the continent's football landscape.

This momentous decision was unveiled during a grand launch event held at the Marriot Mena House in Cairo, attended by esteemed delegates, including Dr. Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Tanzania's own Eng. Hersi Ally Said was elected as the inaugural President of ACA, a well-deserved recognition of his leadership as the President of Tanzania Premier League giants, Young Africans SC.

With Jessica Motaung of Kaizer Chiefs FC and Paul Bassey of Akwa United FC (Nigeria) serving as Vice Presidents, this new body is poised to bring a fresh wave of transformation to African club football.

Furthermore, ACA has set its sights on Nairobi as the location for its headquarters, a move that holds great promise for the continent's footballing future.

"The new body also had 15 Board members with it is headquarters to be established in Nairobi," a statement from CECAFA website revealed.

The news of Kenya being selected as the home of ACA was met with jubilation, with Tusker FC among the first to extend their congratulations to the newly elected President, Hersi Ally Said.

"We are honored as a club to have been invited for the launch of the Africa Clubs Association in Cairo, and represented by our chairman Charles Gacheru," the club expressed. "Congratulations to Young Africans SC president Eng. Hersi Said on being elected inaugural president."

ACA's objectives hold great promise for the future of African football.

Among its noble aims are the protection and promotion of the interests of African football clubs, the pursuit of commercial viability and global competitiveness for these clubs, and the assurance of respect for referees, match commissioners, and VAR operators.

The association also seeks to build fruitful partnerships with sponsors, the private sector, and governments to develop stadiums that comply with CAF and FIFA standards, alongside other essential football infrastructure and facilities across the 54 CAF Member Associations.

The decision to establish ACA in Kenya reflects the nation's growing prominence in the African football landscape.

This honor aligns with Kenya's commitment to advancing the sport's welfare and development across the continent.

With ACA's headquarters set to be established in Nairobi, the country's capital, Kenya is poised to become a hub for the management and coordination of African football club activities.

The launch event was graced by a constellation of luminaries from the African football sphere.

Dr. Patrice Motsepe, the President of CAF, presided over the proceedings, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the advancement of African football.

Souleiman Hassan Waberi and Seidou Mbombo Njoya, CAF's third and fourth Vice Presidents, lent their esteemed presence to the occasion, emphasizing the importance of ACA in the future of African club football.

The CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba, also graced the event, signifying the governing body's strong support for this groundbreaking initiative. 

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