Marrakesh holds First Symposium of African Women’s Football

The First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, guest of honour at this symposium, who for reasons of her schedule could not attend in person, was represented by the Equatorial Guinea Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Crisantos Obama Ondo. The symposium, organised by the African Football Confederation (CAF), was held on 5th and 6th March.

The Ambassador Crisantos Obama Ondo passed on to the president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, and the FIFA General Secretary, the Senegalese Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, the cordial greetings of the First Lady and her sincere apologies for not having been able to attend during the work of this important symposium on African women’s football, as was her desire.

The football meeting allowed wide-ranging discussions on the difficulties facing African women’s football, and the perspectives for its development. Specifically, they spoke about finance, the training of specialist coaches and technical staff, and its promotion in schools from a young age, in order that girls have the same capacities and skills as the boys.

In some countries, women’s football is still hampered by taboos and other cultural barriers, and for that reason African Governments have been called on to promote this sport played by women and girls, as one more activity in the sustainable development of a country.

Obama Ondo used the occasion to highlight the programme of football development and promotion in the various modes and categories established by the Government of Equatorial Guinea.

The symposium was attended by the First Lady from Liberia, and various female representatives from the African federation for women’s football.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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