Harare - The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) has officially ratified a partnership with the Spanish premier soccer league, La Liga.
La Liga is one of the world’s most popular soccer leagues, attracting mega sponsorship and some of the finest football talent on the planet, and COSAFA hopes the alliance with the aristocrats of the European game will enhance the quality of the game in Southern Africa.
At a virtual engagement last week, COASAFA and La Liga agreed to formalise co-operation through an MoU.
Minutes from the meeting noted “Mr Mbidi (Frans) proposed a motion to ratify and conclusion of MoU between COSAFA and UNHCR as well as MoU between COSAFA and La Liga. The MoU between COSAFA/UNHCR and MoU between COSAFA/La Liga were ratified accordingly.”
COSAFA also agreed to adopt the Communications Policy and also endorsed the candidature of Ahmad Ahmad for the Confederation of African Football presidency.
The CAF elections are scheduled for Morocco in March next year and Ahmad, who hails from COSAFA member Madagascar, will be seeking re-election for a second term four years after beating the long-serving Issa Hayatou to the post.
Previously, La Liga has partnered COSAFA in nurturing junior footballers.
Last year, COSAFA and La Liga joined forces at the Under-20 Youth Championships in Lusaka, Zambia via a facility to train promising youngsters at a professional club in Spain.