CAF trains team media officers, journalists covering CECAFA-AFCON U-17 qualifiers in Tanzania

by Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar, CECAFA Media Committee

DODOMA, August 16, 2018 – Africa football’s ruling body CAF organised a one-day media workshop for team media officers and journalists covering CECAFA Zonal AFCON U-17 qualifiers in Tanzania.

The workshop attracted nearly 50 journalists, who were given updates on how media operations are handled before, during and after matches throughout CAF competitions. This is so that they would better understand the standards for media operations at CAF tournaments.

Special focus was on photographer positions in the stadium in a bid to prevent any inconvenience that may occur.

Uganda U-17 National Team’s media officer, Omaria Bosco commended CAF for organizing such event which he said would improve and simplify the day-to-day work of media practitioners and help develop their professionalism in covering the beautiful game.

“To me the workshop was a game changer as it opened my mind to understand more of the DOs and DON’Ts before, during and after CAF organized matches. I thank CAF for organizing such refresher for the media,” Bosco said.

“The workshop was excellent. It will help me as a media officer to improve myself, and I am going to implement all that I have learned from the Workshop. Thanks to CAF and thanks to Mr. Thabet for coming to teach us,” added Tanzania Football Federation Media officer, Cliford Mario Ndimbo.

CAF Media Manager, Mohamed Thabet, who conducted the workshop, told participants that the main objective of the event was to equip journalists with better understanding of media operations during CAF competitions.

“In Africa we have talent but we have to benefit from our talent. As football journalists you are not only confined to competitions in Africa, you will travel to big tournaments like FIFA World Cup, so we want the talent and knowledge of African journalists to shine at global football events and that is one of the objectives for making this workshop to happen today,” Thabet explained.

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