In a landmark agreement, Soccerex and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see CAF provide Soccerex with their full institutional support for all of its events across Africa over the next two years.
The signing, which took place in Johannesburg, was attended by CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani and Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie during the run-up to Nigeria’s historic third Africa Cup of Nations trophy. The agreement will allow Soccerex to utilise the Confederation’s influence and that of its members, for all of its events on the continent, including this year’s Soccerex Seminar Lagos on July 11-12 and African Forum on October 1-2. The MoU will also provide a platform for CAF to highlight and contribute to key programmes and subjects that need to be discussed for the good of African football.
El Amrani said: “We’re happy to have this agreement put in place. It’s an easy synergy to achieve between our respective organisations, based on the expertise of Soccerex, providing important key events for key stakeholders all around the globe, including Africa, and the Confederation of African Football being the governing body of African football. This MoU is an exchange of benefits and understanding that allows both organisations to improve their visibility and the development specifically of African football.”
Revie added: “We had a fantastic three years in Johannesburg and a fabulous first year in Durban and Lagos. I cannot thank CAF, Hicham and obviously the president (Issa Hayatou) enough for getting behind this for the next few years both in Lagos and in Durban. We have an affinity which is from the heart about Africa and African football and I hope that whatever we have to do, or can do, to help, we will.” Soccerex has a long and successful affiliation with African football. The relationship started in 2007 when Soccerex’s flagship event, the Global Convention, was successfully held in Johannesburg and repeated in the three years leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Looking to build on the business relationships created in Africa, Soccerex hosted two successful new events in 2012, the African Forum in Durban and the Seminar Lagos, which will continue until 2014. For further information about these events please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit http://www.soccerex.com.