An international football seminar, Soccerex Seminar, kicks off today, September 27, at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria, with a host of football legends. Organised by Soccerex, the internationally acclaimed football business forum, the seminar is the first ever to be held in West Africa. It runs from September 27 through to 28.
The football legends already signed up for the seminar include Sunday Oliseh, former Super Eagles midfielder; Sammy Kuffour, ex-Bayern Munich and Ghanaian legend, and Pierre van Hooijdonk, ex-Feyenoord, Nottingham Forest.
Also expected at the event are Victor Rumson Baribote, Chairman of Nigerian Premier League; Christian Karembeu, President of Fourteen SA and World-Cup wining ex-player, and Jerome Champagne, International Advisor to TP Mazembe.
The footballing legends will talk about business in West Africa, while also reliving their football glory days.
The two-day seminar is divided into different sections, which are focused on the overall development of football in West Africa. ‘Developing Africa’s Next Star’, ‘Successfully running a Professional League’, and ‘Football in Nigeria’ are some of the topics to be addressed at the seminar. The Football in Nigeria session will feature Seyi Akinwunmi, the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, as well as Aminu Maigari, President, Nigerian Football Federation, NFF.
"It's with great optimism that I invite you to join me in welcoming the arrival of Soccerex to Nigeria. Nigeria is such a passionate, football loving country. There is an endless wealth of talent in Nigeria but there is still much work to do in order to create an appropriate environment for such talent to blossom. Soccerex is passionately interested in playing its part in making this happen and thus I am delighted to contribute to the inaugural Soccerex Seminar in Lagos," noted Oliseh on his involvement with Soccerex. Karembeu added: “The Soccerex Seminar Lagos will play an important part in the development of football in Nigeria. I’m looking forward to seeing how the event offers international businesses a platform to develop new contacts and ultimately invest in West African football.”