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African Football Schools championship takes center stage in Kinshasa

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Hosts DR Congo is welcoming Congo, Gabon in the 2023 edition of the UNIFFAC U-15 Africa Schools championship
  • Cameroon backed out at the eleventh hour and left the competition with three participants
  • Gabon and DR Congo will open proceedings in Kinshasa in under an hour 

All fingers point towards Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest city, ahead of the African Schools Football championship tourney.

It is set to be the championship’s second edition, which will run from Friday, March 15 to Saturday, March 16, inspired by the Confederation of African Football, and the zonal competition – organized by the Union of central African Football Federations (UNIFFAC).

The draw for the African Schools Football championship (U-15) in the UNIFFAC zone took place on Thursday March 14, 2024 in Kinshasa.

Three Central African countries will participate in the championship in both male and female categories, given that Cameroon pulled out at the last minute.

Below are the schedule of matches set for the Tata Raphaël stadium in Kinshasa:

4:00pm Gabon Vs DR Congo (Boys)
5:00 p.m. Congo vs Gabon (Girls)
6:00 p.m. Gabon vs Congo (Boys)
7:00 p.m. DRC vs Congo (Girls)
8:00 p.m. DRC vs Congo (Boys)

Saturday March 15, 2024

DRC vs Congo (Girls)
Men’s final (1st vs 2nd)

Saturday March 16, 2024
DRC vs Congo (Girls)
Men’s final (1st vs 2nd)

After the draw, UNIFFAC executive director, Martin Etonge stated sheer delight with work done so far:

“The African schools football championship is for children aged 15. The first edition started in 2022, and this is the second. We had a success in Sao-Tomé which gives us a platform to continue,” stated Martin Etonge.


On the sidelines of the schools tournament in Kinshasa, young Congolese reporters attended a seminar on journalism and how to be better media professionals, organized by CAF from Wednesday March 13 to Thursday March 14.

In the same view of development of the game, coaches, Safeguarders and Referees of the different Central African member Association also had refresher courses as part of this edition of the championship.

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