African nations could well become a major force in international football.
SV President of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Senhor Joao Havelange, entering conference room with other delegates.
SC PAN Delegates taking their seats.
GV Delegates looking towards head table.
SV Havelange at head table.
SV Delegates seated.
GV EXTERIOR Coach speaking with players at stadium. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PAN FROM Local football official TOO coach of field talking with players. (4 SHOTS)
GV Players training.
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Background: African nations could well become a major force in international football. This was the vision that senior delegates expressed at a major conference on building the game in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan. Representatives of eight African nations have gathered for two weeks in the Ivory Coast capital to discuss ways of improving the standard of soccer on the continent, and, if organisers have their way, Africa will not be far from World Cup level.
SYNOPSIS: The federation of International Football Association (FIFA) stages the seminar to help improve the administration of the sport, and to inform officials and coaches of the latest trans in training. The meeting attracted thirty delegates from Algeria the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Upper Volta, Senegal, Togo, Niger and Mozambique.
Among the key speakers were the President of the Federation, Senhor Joao Havelanger, and the Ivory Coast's Minister of Sport, Laurent Dona Fologo, who said he had great expectation for the future of African football. On of the most important features of the seminar was the specialised training provided for about one-hundred of Africa's most promising football coaches. Instructors appointed by the Federation held workshops on all facets of the game, especially field tactic and fitness.
The training session at Abidjan's "Houphouet-Boigny" stadium were attended by coaches selected from all eight participating nations.
This was the Federation's second full-scale seminar. FIFA officials said the sport has already made great advances since a similar conference held in Abidjan in August 1977. And they were confident of even grater progress after the Federation's 1980 meeting which was to end on Saturday (222 November).