African Forum Soccerex / Durban South Africa

October 01, 2013 - Durban, South Africa

On Tuesday 1st October, Soccerex returned to Durban for the second Soccerex African Forum in Durban. Set in the heart of the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium, the two day Forum proved to be a fulcrum for both the public and private sector to meet and help unite the business of football in Africa.

This year’s Forum was the largest yet with over 850 delegates, representing over 43 countries including 27 from the continent, making the Forum the most pan-African yet. Delegates in attendance were made up of no less than 7 national sports ministers, 50 senior government officials from 12 countries and over 180 representatives from football associations, federations, clubs and leagues.

Newly elected South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan used the Forum as the platform to give his first public address. The former 2010 FIFA World CupTM LOC CEO wasted no time in providing a frank assessment of South African football, stating that they must “stop accepting mediocrity” and asserting “we still say that we are footballing nation and I think that is a huge fallacy. We are making an assumption about ourselves and I hope from today, with this forum, we will see good signs and a way forward.”