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Four Nigerian clubs invited to African Club Association launch in Cairo

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Paul Bassey, Chairman of Akwa United will be one of the quartet representing Nigeria at the African Club Association

Nigeria will on Thursday be represented at the launch of African Club Association in Cairo. The four clubs whose chairmen will be in attendance are Akwa United, Plateau United, Bendel Insurance and Kano Pillars.

The African Club Association (ACA), a new body that aims to improve the quality and competitiveness of African club football, will be officially launched on Thursday in Cairo, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.

The launch event will be attended by CAF President Patrice Motsepe and senior executives and chairpersons from various African football clubs, according to the CAF official website.

The ACA’s objectives include protecting and promoting the interests of African football clubs; ensuring their commercial viability and global competitiveness; developing youth talent and academies; and building partnerships with sponsors, the private sector, and governments to improve football infrastructure and facilities across the continent.

The ACA also seeks to ensure that referees, match commissioners, and VAR operators are respected, credible, independent, and world-class; and to foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence within the African football scene.

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The ACA was formed after a kick-off meeting between African clubs and Motsepe on 5 October, where he briefed them about the plans for the new association.

The CAF has been headquartered in the Greater Cairo area since 2002.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.