BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
As the 39th General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gets underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the continental football ruling body will Tuesday night release an audio-visual documentary titled “60 Years of African Football.”
In a release issued and sent to Sports Village Square, CAF noted that the premiere of the documentary will hold at Edna Mall, Matti Multiplex Cinema Hall 3 in Bole Road, Addis Ababa at 7pm local time.
Since 1987, it had become traditional for the continental body to come up with document every decade to mark its anniversary.
In 1987, a book simply titled: “1957 -1987” was released to mark the body’s 30th anniversary. It was written by Tunisian journalist, Faouzi Mahjoub. Ten years later, the Tunisian was commissioned to do another one that was similarly titled: “1957-1997 Confederation Africaine de Football.” That was to mark the 40th anniversary of the body.
Ten years ago, a bulky publication was released to mark the golden jubilee of CAF. Written by Alaa Sadek, an Egyptian journalist who was deputy editor-in-chief of Akhbar daily newspaper, it is titled, “1957 *50 Years*2007.”
Significantly, FIFA released a set of five DVDs titled “50 Years (of) African Football” which was made available to Sports Village Square. The FIFA DVD might have informed CAF decision to also produce an audio-visual documentary to mark its diamond jubilee.