In July, we launched an initiative, The Africa Football Business Show, an online live programme. The show seeks to create awareness and educate current and future industry leaders on the needs of the industry and strategies to address those needs to take football business in Africa to the next level.
We ran a successful first season, “Setting the Scene” helping our views understand African context within which we practise football (sports). We were able to attract influential speakers such as world-renown football historian David Goldblatt, Maasai Mara University’s Dr Solomon Waliaula, former Benin international and Racing Club de Lens defender, Jean-Marc “Jimmy” Adjovi-Boco, among others, sharing inspiring insights with our viewers.
Season 2 of The Africa Football Business Show titled the Governance Series kicks off in October. In recent years, sports governance has become a popular topic of discussion. Corruption scandals plague several international and national sport governing bodies challenging their legitimacy.
The amplified focus on good governance in sport does not seem to have had an impact, especially in the world of football, which has seen some of the worst scandals in recent times. Further, in Africa, where the game is still widely amateur, governance remains a challenge. From a too fragmented grassroots, elite clubs and leagues to the continental level, poor management continues to hinder the development of the sport. What is the way forward?
We have prepared a series of topics for discussion and are working to bring together the best minds to help chart the way forward for football governance in Africa. There is an urgent need to improve management in African sports through capacity building. We believe our chosen topics can help kickstart this conversation. The following are the subjects we plan to address, including a tentative schedule:
- Creating conversations that will shape the football industry in Africa – 8th October.
- The FIFA Fiefdom: Strengthening Africa’s Place and Identity – 15th October.
- National Federations Governance 2.0 – 29th October
- Club Management – 12th November
- The Labour Market in Professional Football – 26th November
- Dispute Resolution in Football – 10th December
- Leadership and Management in Grassroots Football Clubs/Academies – 17th December
We plan to bring speakers from our stakeholder base, including the football industry, government, corporate sector, and academia. Further, we hope to provide a platform that will engage the broader industry both decision-makers and participants, for example, fans, players coaches, and other officials across the continent.
We are collaborating with Sports Legal to bring you the governance series.
Sports Legal is a non-profit sports organisation whose vision is to create a just, vibrant, healthy, resilient, and cohesive society through the engagement and use of sports and law, and promoting the contribution of the power of sport to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To headline the Governance Series we have the pleasure of inviting for Football Kenya Federation Secretary-General Prof Dr Dr Moni Wekesa. Professor Wekesa is a seasoned sports administrator and academic.
Prof Dr Dr Moni Wekesa was born in Kakamega County in the Republic of Kenya. He attained a Bachelors of Education First Class Honours from the University of Nairobi in Mathematics and Physical Education. He pursued further studies in the field of Sports Medicine at the German University of Sport Science in Cologne, Germany, where he earned his first doctorate. He later studied Law at the University of Nairobi starting with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons), Master of Laws, and a doctorate in Law (PhD). He has taught Sports Medicine at Kenyatta University, University of Botswana and University of Namibia. He has also worked as a Regional Manager for Sports in charge of Africa with Special Olympics, Inc. and as Secretary-General of the then Kenya Football Federation. He has taught law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, was founding Dean of the School of Law at Mount Kenya University, and currently is the founding Dean at Daystar University School of Law. He is a visiting Professor for postgraduate training in law at the Universite’ Libre de Kigali (Rwanda) and he is on the Roll of Senior Scholars at the University of Lusaka, Zambia.
He has held many honorary positions such as Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of Football Kenya Federation, Sports Medicine Instructor for FIFA, Vice-Chair, Bioethics Committee of the National Council of Science, Technology, and Innovation from 2011 – 2018. Currently, he serves as a member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Athletics Integrity Unit, London.
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