The Football Foundation for Africa is the Winner in the “For Social Responsibility Activities” category of the Football Heroes Awards on 12th September 2019 in Moscow, Russia. The Special Awards were instituted by the International Football Development Association (IFDA) and organised by Global Leader in Sport. They showcase the best football practices characterised by superior professionalism, high social responsibility and exhibition of critical moral values.
The award is in connection with FFA Cup 2018 a tournament held in Moroka Village, Botswana in August 2018. The now annual event seeks to address the issue of unemployment by providing a platform for young people seeking job and career opportunities across Africa. The tournament was themed ‘Tackling Unemployment through Sport’ and was supported by Mascom and OTB Africa.
Among the star guests present during the award ceremony; Fernando Hiero, Fernando Morientes and Aldair Nascimento dos Santos. Notable, however, was that the award was presented by for Italy and AS Roma captain, Francesco Totti and Victoria Lopyreva, the FIFA World Cup 2018 ambassador.
FFA Founder, Brian Wesaala was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the organisation. In accepting the accolade, Mr Wesaala thanked the organisers for recognising the work they have done so far. He paid tribute to his friend and teammate Allan “Obama” Onyango who inspired him set up the foundation. He reiterated his goal to improve the quality of opportunities available to footballers in Africa, especially in the amateur ranks. He also thanked those who have supported the FFA in its early days.
The Football Heroes Awards aim to emphasise that football is not only about players on the field, their hundred-million-dollar transfers and fashion style. In the first place, it is about hard work, professionalism, respect, compassion, determination and team spirit that engage a lot of people outside the football pitch. The awards are aimed at distinguishing the practices of high value that have occurred in the past season or the work carried out for years that has brought to the results that were observed in the previous season.