African Schools Champions Cup, football techniques, national pride and many goals


Youth football talent and scores of goals were at the center of the Martyrs stadium in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa, as the African Schools Champions Cup organized by FIFA to support development grassroots football on the African continent in association with CAF, got off to a great start on Saturday 19 February 2022 with boys and girls teams from host DRC, South Africa, Morocco, Ethiopia, of Senegal and the Republic of Benin.

It was a festival atmosphere on the first day with national pride at stake, with a strong turnout of over 12,000 home supporters for the hosts, but the Congo DR Girls team were on the receiving end of one of the games more entertaining even with the huge home support Morocco produced a top performance beating the hosts 7-1 the North Africans also beat South Africa 1-0

Earlier South Africa beat DR Congo 1-0, Ethiopia beat Senegal 2-0 but the biggest result of the day was Benin who recorded 10-0 against Senegal Girls .

Radia Laghni from the Morocco women’s team said: Our team played well against such a strong team in DR Congo, but I’m happy with their game today.

Morocco’s boys emulated their girls by beating South Africa 7-0,

Ethiopia Boys team beat Congo 2-1, Senegal beat South Africa 2-1 and DR Congo fans still reeling from their daughters’ heavy defeat roared to salute their boys who came from a gola to register a big 4-1 victory against Benin. Republic.

Ethiopia Boys captain Simon Habtamu was delighted with their performance: “It’s a great opportunity for me and my country to play in this tournament. We played DR Congo in our first match and they were bigger than us physically but we stayed focused and won.

“We are excited to play in a great competition like this because we have now learned a lot about other teams across Africa.”

Chance Kasindi from Congo “First of all, I would like to thank my teammates. The match went very well despite the first half losing, but we made the effort and won the second. The tournament is a great opportunity for us. I had been aiming for this type of competition for a while and we will do our best.

The FIFA Secretary General was on hand and said: “The intention was also to see all 54 African national associations come together in one country to enable children to use sport as a means of embracing the values ​​that football generally conveys. It is a question in particular of fighting against discrimination, positive masculinity, but also of fighting against all forms of social prejudice. At the heart of it, the idea is that these children eventually become role models for their community, but also for their country, as well as the true development of players through this training”.

The tournament continues on Sunday with the knockout stage and FIFA President Gianni Infantino is expected to be present to grace the closing events.

The event attracted top football executives and other dignitaries and some FIFA legends Khalilou Fadiga, Shabani Nonda, Herita Ilunga, Geremi Njitap and
Laura Georges

The vision of the African Cup of School Champions was born exactly one year ago during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo by President Infantino and carried out with the support of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Federation Congolese Football Association (FECOFA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


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