In Summary
  • FIFA is actively engaged in elevating football standards worldwide.
  • Kenya, it does not feature on the list of beneficiaries
  • Wenger’s remarks followed his attendance at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON),

Arsène Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, has put forward the idea of establishing standardized football academy in  African countries.

Wenger’s remarks followed his attendance at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), where Ivory Coast claimed victory.

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FIFA To  Elevate Football Standards

The official World Cup 2022 ball
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Additionally the former Arsenal manager disclosed that FIFA is actively engaged in elevating football standards worldwide and is set to inaugurate academies in 75 countries by the conclusion of 2026.

“We are on the verge of launching new academies in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, and Zambia in the next six months to a year. By 2026, our aim is to establish 75 academies globally. This initiative marks a significant stride in football education, which is our current focal point,” Wenger explained, as reported by FIFA.

He further stated, “Our goal is to enhance the caliber and competitiveness of the sport, a feat attainable through enhanced football education and the introduction of higher-quality competitions.”

Unfortunately for Kenya, it does not feature on the list of beneficiaries in this round of expansion, a move that may raise questions about the selection criteria and the future of football development in the country.

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Wenger’s AFCON Reflections

Ivory Coast celebrate winning the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
Image credit: Getty Images

 

Reflecting on the tournament, Wenger praised the advancements observed since the last competition.

“I would say that there have been remarkable improvements since the last tournament on the pitch, off the pitch, the organization, the quality of the pitches, the level of organization on the pitch as well, and the commitment was intense,” he said.

The former Arsenal Boss has argued for the development of stronger club competitions within the continent as a critical step towards retaining talent and enhancing the sport’s quality.

“The potential, it’s a goldmine for football. And, to make stronger clubs, to have stronger competitions is vital because that was the success of Europe – they have strong clubs and good education, and we want that: to develop that as well in Africa – everywhere,” Wenger

 

 

 

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