17.10.2003 Sports News

African Supporters Group formed in Abuja

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(FROM: Richard Avornyotse, GNA Special Correspondent at the Eighth All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria)

Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 17, GNA - A group known as the African Football and Other Sports Supporters Union (AFOSSU) has been formed in Abuja to cement the bond of brotherhood among African countries.

Inaugurating the organisation at the plush Nicon Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Thursday, Dr Rafiu Ladipo, President General of the Association said the birth of a united African supporters union will ensure that violence is eliminated from sports on the continent.

He said AFOSSU would undertake mass education of its members on the entire continent to treat fans from other sister African countries as brothers involved in a healthy competition and not as enemies at war. Dr Ladipo said it is the desire of the leadership of AFOSSU to eliminate hooliganism and violence from sports and make venues safe in order to entice a larger following that will guarantee more revenue for sporting clubs, association and investors on the continent.

The business management guru said African Unity should be one great objective that every African must aspire to attain and it is their hope that AFOSSU would engineer unity through sports supporting.

He said AFOSSU would make policies to regulate the conduct of all supporters so that violence is eliminated from sports, adding that the association will also concern itself with a crusade against drug abuse by its members and sports men and women.

About ten countries including Ghana sat in at the inaugural ceremony, which was attended by Roger Milla, former Cameroonian soccer international, Chief Alex Akinleye, former Sports minister of Nigeria, General Henry Adefewope, IOC delegate and Mr Bubar Gumel, President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee.

Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, Chef de Mission of the Ghanaian delegation to the Abuja Games represented Ghana at the ceremony. Togo, Benin, Cote d' Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal were some of the other countries represented at the inauguration.

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