Following a successful two-day event, the first ever CAF Women’s Football Symposium ended on a high note with participants lauding the ground breaking outing as a big step towards the development of the women’s game. The closure was preceded by presentations of the recommendations by the seven working groups consisting of Competitions, Technical, Marketing, Media, Governance, Development and Stakeholders.
CAF President Ahmad opened the event with a compelling resolution to “if necessary”, break all the taboos to help promote the women’s game in Africa. In closing, he said that the various recommendations will be forwarded to the newly established CAF Women’s Football Department for review, and then to the CAF Executive Committee for implementation with a supreme duty to be faithful to the promises and to the impressive resolutions taken at the symposium.
One of the participants, Meskerem Tadesse Goshime of Ethiopia said the symposium was a great chance for women’s football to get the recognition it has been waiting for. Everybody involved in women’s football in Africa has been waiting for such a gathering, to raise the collective game and it cannot be achieved alone. “What you have discussed during these two days, what you have proposed, what you have retained in the title of resolutions, will be the subject of a complete analysis by the new department of women’s football which has just been created. CAF President expressed his pride in his team for setting the goals to achieve this milestone which will be recorded as an achievement by his administration to make women’s football a tool of service for economic, social and cultural life.
The closing session was attended by FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura and Liberia First Lady Clar Weah, who the CAF President conferred on her “Ambassador for Women’s Football”.