Morocco secured the inaugural girls’ title, hosts DR Congo won the boys
FIFA President presented the trophies at Stade des Martyrs
Gianni Infantino: “This is the beauty of football.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended a stunning final day of the African School Champions Cup in Kinshasa, lauding “the beauty of football” and previewing a strong future for a tournament prioritising education and social development through football. Mr Infantino was joined at the Stade des Martyrs by several distinguished guests, including CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, member association representatives and a group of FIFA Legends.
FIFA President attends African School Champions Cup finals
CAF President Patrice Motsepe, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, DR Congo Minister for Sport Serge Nkonde, Elia Balamwabo of DR Congo, DR Congo Minister for Education Tony Mwaba Kazadi and DR Congo FA President Donatien Tshimanga during the Award Ceremony
FIFA President Gianni Infantino with a gold medal winning Morocco female player during the Award Ceremony
“I am a happy man tonight,” said the FIFA President. “Seeing those children smile, boys and girls, with joy in their eyes is wonderful. This is the beauty of football. DR Congo did a great job organising this event, which is the first edition of a fantastic competition that is going to become one of the biggest not only in Africa, but around the world too.”
The delegates witnessed Morocco becoming the inaugural winners of the girls’ tournament following victory over South Africa in the final, whilst hosts DR Congo were presented with the boys’ trophy by the FIFA President after a 3-1 success over Senegal. More than the results on the field, Mr Infantino hailed the long-lasting impact of the tournament in social, developmental and educational terms.
Final day of the African School Champions Cup
Congo DR boys, African School Champions Cup 2022 champions with their trophy
A general view of action during the African School Champions Cup 2022 Boy's Knockout Phase match between DR Congo and Morocco
“The importance of involving schools is precisely to go beyond the game beyond only playing football and to include education too,” Mr Infantino continued. “FIFA has a program called Football 4 Schools, which helps all schools in the world through education and football. The game remains something magical, the unity, the fact that it’s girls and boys from all over Africa: it’s so beautiful. “Everyone is very happy: we didn’t think it would be so successful. The Member Associations present here, all those who want to join us next year in this wonderful county, in this beautiful city of Kinshasa, the [Congolese] government, president [Félix] Tshishekedi, who I closely worked with to make this dream come true, the United Nations, AFD [French Development Agency], everyone is going to work even harder to make sure the party is even more beautiful next year.”