Kenyan ambassador in Burundi Ken Vitisia at the opening ceremony of CECAFA Under 17 tournament
A club licensing seminar organized by the African football governing body [CAF], in collaboration with Djiboutian Football Federation [FDF] has got under way at the Technical Centre in the capital Djibouti on Monday.
The seminar which will last for three days has gathered 24 trainees from the country’s elite league clubs known here as the FDF Division 1. The opening ceremony was attended by FDF president, Souleiman Hassan waberi, his senior vice president, Mohamed Yonis, Secretary General, Hassan Mohamed Kamil and members of the executive committee and club authorities.
In his opening speech, the president highlighted the importance of such workshop for the football-growing country.
“This seminar is a project of the CAF which is aimed at professionalizing our Football and it lays a solid foundation for our football promotion. It is in line with the club restructuring policy launched by the FDF just 3 years ago” president Souleiman Hassan Waberi told in his opening speech.“This system is aimed at improving the football clubs by setting minimum standards in key areas such as administration finance infrastructure and development of youth football” the president explained before announcing the opening of the seminar.
The seminar is being conducted by three high profile CAF instructors who are: instructor for infrastructure Mr. Saidou Diou Maigo [Niger], technical instructor Mr. Mohamed Sghaiei Zouita [Tunisia] and administration instructor Mr Jérémie Manirakiza from Burundi.
Since president souleiman Hassan Waberi, was elected in November 2012, football in Djibouti has made a number of improvements in several key areas including the revival of women’s football, the creation of beach soccer in the country for the first time, the implementation of youth leagues, the establishment of annual schools tournament for both boys and girls, the construction of new football facilities and spreading football knowledge throughout the country.