Youth development holds a special place in the heart of Tanzanian football legend Abdi Kassim Sadalla


The development of African youth is of utmost importance for the improvement of African football and the continent as a whole.

These were the views shared by Tanzanian football legend Abdi Kassim Sadalla who is among the CAF legends invited to attend the second edition of the CAF African Schools Football Championship continental finals in Zanzibar this week .

The ongoing tournament is in the exciting Continental Finals phase, with each of the CAF zonal winners represented in the U-15 men’s and women’s division between May 21 and 24 at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar.

In line with CAF’s visionary approach to youth competition involving its 54 member associations across the continent, the tournament’s on-field football action has been equally complemented by CAF’s capacity development programs that have been implemented from the zonal qualifiers to the current continental finals. .

The capacity development programs form part of the governing body’s holistic approach to the development of youth football and enable various CAF industry experts and instructors to share valuable information with young people in the fields of refereeing, coaching, media , medicine and leadership, among others.

The unique element of CAF’s innovative youth competition, which is a first in world football, has touched the heart of Sadalla, who described it as “visionary”.

I greatly appreciate the development of young people because it forms the basis of a great future. Football is passionately loved here in Zanzibar and across Africa and CAF’s ability to combine Africa’s passion for football and education is visionary for its leadership,” said Sadalla.

These types of competitions are a good formula for the success of our football and the continent in general. While the passion for football is a given, we must insist on building and empowering our youth for a better Africa,” said the former star affectionately known as baby.

Sadalla holds the record of being the first goalscorer at the then newly refurbished Benjamin Mkwapa Stadium in Dar Es Salaam in 2007.

He will be joined in the four-day competition by other seasoned CAF legends including Daniel Amokachi (Nigeria), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Amanda Dlamini (South Africa) as well as Uganda’s Jean Sseninde.

The continental finals of the CAF African Schools Football Championship continue throughout the week; The final is scheduled for Friday, May 24, where the African champions will be officially crowned.

All matches can be watched live daily on CAF’s official YouTube channel, CAF TV.