CAF President Issa Hayatou lays foundation for new Togolese football academy
On Thursday 15 March , Caf president Issa Hayatou laid the foundation stone for the construction of a football academy, that will bear his name, in the Togolese village Kpélé Kponvié, which is situated 156km from Lome, the capital city.
President Hayatou thanked the distinguished personalities in the region who gave him a honourable welcome, and he was delighted over the ambitious project.
« What we are seeing here today is the fruit of your dreams and above all determination to develop African football. I would also like to add that this honour will be shared by all African footballers, » Hayatou said.
The school will be constructed within 10 hectares with a 10,000 capacity stadium, a medical centre and an academy.
The football school is the brainchild of Wini Dogbatse, president of a football club and an adviser to the Togolese federation.
“With this academy shall be the birth of, without doubt, the Didier Drogbas, Sheyi Adebayors, Arouna Kones etc. This is going to be a conveyor belt of talent for Togolese football,” Dogbatse said.
Togolese federation president Tata Avlessi was grateful to Issa Hayatou for accepting to preside over the ceremony personally in front of many people.
The Issa Hayatou Centre will include not only young Togolese footballers but also those from other West African countries.
“The football school is a good idea and we have always wanted such a centre for a thorough development programme in order to produce true professionals,” said Komi Tsolegnanou, a young player from Kpélé Kponvié.