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CAF Launches Research Center to Develop African Football

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced today the establishment of the CAF Research Hub in an effort to assist its member associations and their development projects.

In addition to stating that research has been crucial to the growth of football in recent years, CAF said that the center will concentrate on information collection and usage. The confederation has invested in the new hub to support its member associations and zonal unions.

“The CAF Research Hub is aimed to provide data-driven insights into African football,” stated Sarah Mukuna, CAF’s Member Associations Director, noting that the center’s objectives are to gather evidence for theories that are relevant to the African context and conduct research that informs policy decisions.

“With the CAF Research Hub we will contribute to developing and disseminating knowledge to our Member Associations and the African football stakeholders,” the director said.

CAF added that research on youth football, women’s football, football administration, the medical field, and level of performance will be given emphasis at the center, which will be run by the CAF Member Associations Division.

In addition, a pilot project will be launched across the six zonal unions during the second edition of the CAF African Schools Programme, making for an opportunity to obtain context-based information.

Using the data at hand, the project will shed light on the impact of the African Schools Program and the youth football experience in Africa.

Upon the completion of the research project’s first phase, CAF intends to transform its development structures to offer administrative and sporting services to all member associations.

This choice was made amid a period of growing success for African football, particularly after Morocco’s World Cup triumph in Qatar.

In November, CAF unveiled the finalists for the CAF Awards 2023 where the Atlas Lions were among the top contenders.

Morocco featured in the coveted list alongside the defending champions Senegal, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, and Gambia for the National Team of the Year category.

Source: Morocco World News