CAF Keen to Establish Health Map for African Footballers
Plans are far advanced towards the establishment of a Health Map for African Footballers by the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) in the quest to set-up a medical database of footballers across the continent and beyond.
CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani has said that the Health Map is a step towards the development of Software that allows gathering of medical data of all players who participate in competitions under the ambit of the continent’s football governing body. He made this revelation at the 5th CAF Medical Congress held from 14-16 October 2016 in Cairo, Egypt, under the theme “Clean and Healthy Football” and drew participation from Medical personnel from the various National Associations. El Amrani said the theme was in line with CAF’s zero tolerance policy on Doping, Age Determination, Gender Verification amongst others, whilst calling on the participants to play their part towards the attainment of the set objectives. He concluded that this Congress is very important for a ‘Clean and Healthy Football’ on the continent, and confirms CAF’s commitment to the development of the medical aspect of the game. “We thank FIFA for their support to help in the testing of players for the U-20 competitions. Also, the support of our institutional partners including Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), ASPETAR, African Union of Sports Medicine (UAMS) who have been critical and provided knowledge and knowhow towards the adoption of better strategies. CAF Executive Committee member and president of the CAF Medical Committee, Adoum Djibrine said the congress “provided an opportunity for participants to share ideas and exchange experience on the medical front which witnesses constant evolution due to science and technology to improve the health and performance of footballers in a clean manner.