The University of South Africa (UNISA) has launched the first distant learning FIFA/CIES programme. The latter will be proposed to all the English-speaking countries in Africa.

The ceremony took place at the UNISA headquarters in Pretoria on 12 December in the presence of Prof. D Mosoma, Vice President of the University, Pat Lawrence, Director of the UNISA Foundation and Alumni Affairs, Jomo Sono, 2010 Ambassador and CEO of Jomo Cosmos FC, Brian Naicker, Head of the UNISA Centre for Business Management and Vincent Monnier, Senior Manager International Relations at CIES.

The programme, geared towards sports administrators, will start in February 2008 and will be delivered over two semesters. It will tackle crucial issues linked to communication, management, marketing, law, event management and finance in a sporting environment that is getting more and more difficult complex. Prof. Mosoma confirmed: "The programme is in line within the development goals of UNISA in promoting lifelong learning and in reaching students in remote areas where such opportunities do not exist".

Jomo Somo also expressed his enthusiasm for this programme, highlighting the necessity to help former athletes with their professional retraining: "The professional sportspersons - and in particular the football players - must educate themselves! ".

After a few years of fame and money, they
still have to face a whole life. FIFA and CIES offer them an
outstanding opportunity to prepare themselves for this

Jomo Somo