By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- According to our sources, former captain and midfielder of Nigeria – Okocha, Gyan of Ghana, El Hadji Diouf of Senegal, and Ahmed Hassan of Egypt, were listed.
Their critical function will comprise of promoting CAF and African Football, equally as playing an important role in other activities including tournaments, charity initiatives, commercial and social events amongst many others as well as collaboration with other football Legends, community role models and other popular personalities which will form part of the CAF Ambassadors Programme.
The intention for selecting the four African Football Legends is geared towards sporting and career achievement, social impact and commercial value.
Augustine “Jay-Jay” Okocha was a delightful ambiance during his days in active football. He won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 1994 and also Olympic gold two years later in Atlanta, USA.
Similarly, Gyan had a notable career rising to captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, and featuring in seven Africa Cup of Nations, reaching the final in 2010 and 2015. His six goals from three FIFA World Cups makes him the African with the most goals in the history of the Mundial.
Diouf, a two-time CAF Player of the Year is fondly remembered for his exploits with the Teranga Lions of Senegal’s golden generation of the 2000’s which reached the final of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and same, the quarters of the FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Ahmed Hassan was one of the most decorated players in the history of African football, winning four Africa Cup of Nations titles with the Pharaohs of Egypt – 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He also famous for his over 170 caps with Egypt, which ranks him amongst the most capped players of all time.
The Ambassadors Program is anticipated to open CAF and its activities to new frontiers with the incorporations of personalities from other fields, and also commercial windfalls and social pedigree across the Landmass of Africa.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent