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    The first meeting in Ivory Coast of the Executive of the African Football Confederation opened in Abidjan on Monday (1 September) with an emphasis on sports and politics.

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    The first meeting in Ivory Coast of the Executive of the African Football Confederation opened in Abidjan on Monday (1 September) with an emphasis on sports and politics.

    The Confederation's President, Mrom Yenaketchew Tessema, of Ethiopia, told the 19th session that African authorities should wage a constant fight against tribalism, superstition, corruption, racialism and local chauvinism if football was to be a force contributing actively to African unity.

    He stressed the responsibility of governments in controlling nationalistic feelings which can cause incidents at international matches.

    Mr. Tessema called on the press to give more prominence to the sporting spirit than to victory. He said it was practically impossible to separate sport from politics ... particularly in developing countries in which sport needs state assistance.

    He added sport should not be used for political aims but sport could use politics to achieve its goals.

    The Ivory Coast Sports Minister, M. Etienne Ahin, said football, "the King of Sports", should assist other sports in their development. He also stressed the role of sport as "a ferment of international peace and rapprochement between peoples".

    The session, scheduled to finish on Friday (5 September), marks the first time the top body in African football has met outside the AFC's Cairo headquarters.

    About 20 personalities from many African countries are discussing the problems facing football in Africa.

    Main issues include the training of football executives, the organisation of various continental competitions and the safety of players at away games.

    A sports high point of the meeting will be the draw for the 10th African Nations Cup, the final stages of which are to be held in Ethiopia next February.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LMK3UHKNNJQ4ULFAVM9XP1S6
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LMK3UHKNNJQ4ULFAVM9XP1S6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
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