FIFA supports the protection of young African players
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FIFA hosted a working meeting of the NGO "Culture Foot Solidaire", dedicated to the protection of young African football players, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Friday 6 June. Representatives of FIFA, CAF, FIFPro, EPFL, FFF, French professional clubs and CIES took part in this meeting, which was opened by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

"I would like to give the full support of FIFA to the activities that you are carrying out to defend the rights of young African players, who are naturally attracted by the exciting prospects that they see in football but unfortunately sometimes betrayed by those who present themselves as their benefactors," said the FIFA President.

"I want to thank FIFA and its President for hosting this meeting, which is an important step towards adopting concrete measures to solve this complex and difficult problem. We are certain that we will be able to provide good solutions for young African players," explained Jean Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international player and president of "Culture Foot Solidaire".

The participants explored the ways in which regulations, awareness campaigns and initiatives such as FIFA's Win in Africa with Africa initiative - which among other things aims to strengthen Africa's national leagues - can be used to further the objectives of "Culture Foot Solidaire". They also looked forward to the second international conference on young African players, which is scheduled to take place in Cameroon in October of this year.