I had the pleasure and privilege to interview with Ed Bowers from Education2Sport. on my sports career journey thus far, my thoughts on developing grassroots football in Africa and my vision for The Football Foundation for Africa. Hope you enjoy and always happy to receive your feedback.
China has been at the forefront of the internationalisation of football, as the current number one destination for European football entities in search of new markets. It is rather obvious to see why this is the case – the size and the stability of the Chinese market. With an estimated population of over 1.4 billion people you can imagine the potential China holds for any company that ventures there.
That said, key areas that needed attention were hospitality, transport, infrastructure and security. Infrastructure should have been placed at the top of the agenda and construction and or renovation of stadiums and training grounds commenced immediately the country was handed the hosting rights. Hospitality has been a mainstay of Kenya’s economy, while security and transport were areas the government was already tending to, prior to the announcement. So in essence we only needed to work on the stadiums
What's new ?
However, the report more importantly highlights the need for sound structures to facilitate the execution of such strategic business operations. AFC Leopards needs proper structures and strong leadership. Failure to address these issues renders any other initiatives futile.
In the wake of Zurich arrests and subsequent resignation of newly elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a lot of questions have been raised about the running of the world’s greatest game. At the end of World Cup 2014 in Brazil there was a lot of debate about…
Last year in April when I got wind that the finals of the UEFA Youth League would be at the Centre Sportif de Colovray, Nyon, I got really excited at the prospect of watching the Barcelona youth team (against Benfica). I could not resist the offer of…