CAF President (left) with Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy Credit: Aspire Media
[/media-credit] CAF President (left) receives a plaque from Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy Credit: Aspire Media

The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has heaped praised on the work of the Aspire Academy.

Ahmad made the remarks during a visit to the academy headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

He was welcomed by Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy, who took  the guest on a tour at the Academy’s facilities and services.

During the tour, Bravo briefed Ahmad on the progress of Aspire Academy and its leading role in shaping the sports map of Qatar and sports development in general.

At the end of his visit to the Academy, the President of CAF said that the world-class facilities of Aspire Academy were brilliant and expressed his admiration of the philosophy of the Academy in developing young people and honing their talents in what serves the best interests of Qatar national teams and the wide sports sector.

I visited Aspire Academy and I am sure that it is doing everything possible and for its student-athletes to achieve their goals of becoming high-level professional athletes

Based on what I heard from the Director General of the Academy, I am confident that they are on the right track to form a strong Qatari team capable of competing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™

From what I saw during my visit of the Academy, this project, and looking at it from different angles, both the infrastructure and the planned programs, will ultimately achieve the desired goals; however, we have to wait and see the initial results at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, which seems to be one of Aspire Academy’s main objectives”,

At all cases, Aspire Academy will continue to be an important tool for development. I believe that this project will help develop football in Qatar and the world through joint cooperations, which will develop many things in the sports field.

I believe that is what this unique and great sports project is all about. It offers the potential, the means, and the capabilities to make the best use of it. All the factors and the means to success are available, and I can say that Aspire Academy is a true model that continuously provides services to athletes in light of Qatar’s leadership willingness to assist and support other countries and to cooperate with them as well as continental associations, they help everyone”, he concluded.

Bravo and Ahmad both explored ways of joint cooperation between the Academy and the CAF, especially in the field of promoting the culture of football at grassroot level and level and the Academy’s experience in discovering football talents.

The Aspire academy is famed for grooming talents over the years from across the entire world.

In Uganda, a number of players were spotted through this programme as Ivan SsekazzaHassan Ssenyonjo, Azake Luboyera, Victor Matovu, Yoweri Kisakye, Kaweke Sophas, Reagan Mpande, Bryan Masolo, Deo Nyanzi, Kenneth Ssemakula, Yasin Owane, Angelo Wandera, Vincent Matasi, Julius Kintu, Lazarus Ojira, Umaru Lutalo, Junior Majeed,  Muhammed Nsereko, Habibu Kisitu, Charles Rukwatagye among others.

Rwanda’s Blaise Itangishaka and the Tanzania duo of Orgeness Sifael and Daudi Nasry Azizi are currently in the academy in Senegal.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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