The foremost football business meeting opened in Lagos on Thursday with a myriad of past local and foreign football stars. Some of the former stars present on the first day in Lagos include former French star, Christian Karambeau, who came with Fourteen, a new sportswear manufacturing company that produces products for the African market – targeted at the African body.
Soccerex is the global leader with football events across the world which brings together businesses of all sizes that work in the football industry, as well as many of the legends of the game.
Former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon goalkeeper, Antoine Bell mentioned in his own presentation that he was sad to say that the level of football in Cameroon was worse than what he left 20 years ago while Sunday Oliseh spoke on why players currently playing need to plan for their futures.
Oliseh said there was so much time wasted on frivolities which can be used to develop themselves and prepare another path outside playing the game actively while also adding that African football must find its own solutions using local solutions.
Oliseh told Goal.com, “African football must find its own solution by doing the right things”
Though former Dutch star, Pierre Van Hooidjonk said he could not understand how African players do not plan for the future while admitting that he understood that the African culture was part of the challenges that the players faced.
An exhibitor at the seminar, COD United said through their spokesperson that Soccerex provides them with the ample opportunity to show what they are doing differently in the country. “We play in the National League and we are different in our setup and the kind of partnerships that we have entered into,” said Sola Aiyepeku to Goal.com.