RABAT, Africa’s future hinges on empowering its youth, opening up prospects for them to showcase their skills and talents and on the ability to integrate young Africans, says Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.
In an address at the African Football, Our Vision symposium in Skhirate, near here, on Tuesday, the King stressed that Africa’s major wealth is its young people, noting that the youth account for two-thirds of the continent’s population.
in his speech, read by Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami, the King identified sports, particularly football, as one of the main ways to integrate young people into the social and economic fabric. The message noted that sports were also a means to shield young people against all forms of delinquency, extremism and the risks associated with illegal migration.
Football is the most popular sport in Africa and the world, the King said, highlighting its importance in communities across the continent. He added that African football has a strong record at the international level.
According to the King, African football must rise to today’s challenge of modernization and keeping up with the rapid developments of sports worldwide. He noted that such a goal cannot be achieved unless governing bodies commit to good governance, improved training and upgraded infrastructure.
The King added that the need to meet requirements for professional careers and enhance the marketing of African football was of equal importance, and that a balance must be made between the development of elite football and football for everybody.
Concrete solutions must be given to a policy rooted in solidarity with African countries, which promotes the importance of inter-African cooperation. King Mohammed added that the kingdom was keen to share the experience it gained in the sports sector with fellow African nations.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has signed more than 34 agreements covering a number of areas, including infrastructure, sports medicine and the exchange of technical expertise, in addition to hosting training camps for the national teams of a number of African sister nations, all categories included, the King added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK